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Capgemini to improve digital skills of disadvantaged young people

Capgemini is proud to be a gold patronCapgemini has announced a new Digital Partnership with The Prince’s Trust, a youth charity that helps change young lives - watch this video from The Trust (1m10s) 'Thousands learn the hard way - can you see their potential?'

Through our partnership, which will run until 2019, Capgemini has pledged to help change the lives of 600 disadvantaged young people in the UK by teaching them the skills that they need to develop a career in today’s digital economy.

The new Digital Partnership builds on a long-term collaboration between Capgemini and The Prince’s Trust. This new phase of activity will see Capgemini, now a Gold Patron, help deliver three programmes designed to provide underprivileged young people with a strong foundation in digital skills:

  • XL Club: Aimed at 13-19 year olds at risk of exclusion or seriously under-achieving at school, this is a one day workshop covering interactive STEM themes such as social media and cloud technology
  • Get Started with Apps: Aimed at the most disadvantaged unemployed young people (aged 16–25), this programme comprises a week-long digital challenge such as creating a mobile solution or using big data to solve a problem
  • Get Into: Aimed at young people aged 16-25 from disadvantaged backgrounds ready to turn their lives around, this programme comprises a taster day, vocational training and work experience, as well as mentoring support for each young person once the programme has finished.

The work with The Prince’s Trust is part of Capgemini’s wider commitment to raise the standard of digital skills among young people in the UK. In addition to the programmes, Capgemini will publish a digital skills guide for young people, their parents, schools and other education providers to download and use. It will also be used in Capgemini’s Schools Programme.

Nigel Walsh, CapgeminiNigel Walsh, Vice President & Community Engagement Executive Sponsor at Capgemini, said: “Digital skills are no longer the preserve of people who want to pursue a career in IT – they now play a vital role in all industries. There are many programmes working with young people at school, but we want to ensure that ALL young people have the chance to benefit from and contribute to our digital society. 

“We’re thrilled to support the work The Prince’s Trust does by focusing in on digital skills and support the absolute need for digital skills in Britain today.”

Paul Brown, Prince's TrustPaul Brown, Director of Marketing and Communications at The Prince’s Trust, said: “Capgemini’s commitment to arming the workforce of the future with the right skills makes them a natural partner for The Prince’s Trust. Together, we will help hundreds more unemployed young people to succeed in today’s job market, focusing in particular on helping them to develop digital skills that are increasingly sought after by employers across the UK.”

To find out more and keep up to date with the latest news related to digital skills, follow the #digitalskills conversation on Twitter.

Do also read this powerful story from Lewis Barnes, Service Delivery Manager at Capgemini, who benefited from one of The Prince’s Trust’s programmes in the past.

About the author

Tom Barton
Tom Barton
Tom’s career in communications spans 20 years in the consulting, telecommunications and music industries. He joined Capgemini in 2005 and led the merging of PR, web communications and internal communications into one team. This recognised the convergence of channels and platforms that support an effective communications programme for external and internal audiences. Before joining Capgemini, Tom was global head of media relations at PA Consulting Group, marketing and communications director at his own record label, and had various internal and external communications roles at Cable & Wireless. He plays guitar, darts and cricket, and is still trying to do the Times crossword.

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