Number 10 and City Hall back launch of Tech City Apprenticeships in Shoreditch and Old Street
PUBLISHED: 13:59 06 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:16 06 March 2013
A new Tech City apprenticeship programme has been launched by Hackney Community College, with the support of Number 10 and City Hall.
Tech City Apprenticeships has seen 18 months of preparation and development to ensure the scheme meet the skills and employment needs of the growing technology cluster around the Shoreditch and Old Street area which sits right on the college’s doorstep.
Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister, Rohan Silva, and Deputy Mayor of London Kit Malthouse joined apprentices and employers at the launch event at the college in Falkirk Street.
Rohan Silva said he was sure the scheme would change people’s lives, and thanked the companies which have already taken on an apprentice: “Tech City Apprenticeships will give hundreds of unemployed young people the chance to work for some of the world’s most exciting and innovative technology companies.”
Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise Kit Malthouse added that he believes apprenticeships are vital for getting young people into work.
“Tech City must not make the mistake of excluding local people, and the local community should be able to feel some ownership of the opportunities.
“Now we have this scheme, it’s our job to knock on the door of the big organisations and make sure that they engage.”
There are already 20 companies signed up to the scheme.
The launch coincided with that of the college’s new training company, View Training, which was set up to bring meet employers’ needs in training staff.
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