Digital Talent Programme
Strand Two of Digital Talent Funding is now open. Find out more here.
In December 2016, the Mayor launched the LEAP-funded £7m Digital Talent Programme that will offer training opportunities for young people and will focus on supporting women’s and ethnic minority groups to gain the skills needed to find employment within London’s digital, technology and creative sectors.
The Digital Talent Programme received the majority of its funding from the LEAP with the aim to help improve on the 17 per cent women that work within the industry.
The programme also plans on increasing opportunities for Londoners from disadvantaged communities and increase the number of Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities into working within crucial sectors for the capital’s economy.
The programme will support 1,500 young Londoners; offering work placements, creating tailored learning opportunities, assisting university students and helping businesses access the skills they need.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Our vibrant tech sector is globally renowned and the city is awash with thousands of tech innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing the latest apps and software and delivering economic prosperity for the city. However, it is vital that we nurture the next generation of digital enthusiasts so we can continue to provide our tech firms with home-grown talent.”
Another key objective to this new initiative is to help 400 start-ups to access higher level skills that will support business growth.
Currently in London there are 40,000 technology businesses employing almost 200,000 people, 3.5 per cent of the capital’s workforce.
Londoners who are keen to register their interest for the Digital Talent programme can do so at www.london.gov.uk/DigitalTalent