LEP to help London’s youth acquire digital skills

London Enterprise Panel creates a $7.6m program to bring digital skills to London's 14 to 16 year olds.

London Enterprise Panel (LEP), the local enterprise partnership for London chaired by mayor Boris Johnson, has launched a £5m ($7.6m) program to teach young people digital literacy.

The Digital Talent Programme will work with people in London aged between 14 and 24 to provide them with the digital skills they need to access jobs in the technology industry.

The program will work with companies and schools to ensure that education curricula meet the needs of businesses. It will also increase the number of places at further education colleges and train 100 staff working in job centres to better understand the technology sector so they can more easily spot potential recruits.

The program is not the first time Johnson has shown support for the technology sector in London. In 2014, London Co-Investment Fund was launched with a £25m commitment from the Mayor of London's Growing Places Fund to co-invest in technology, science and digital startups in the English capital.

Boris Johnson, mayor of London and chairman of LEP, said: “London is a hotbed of top technological innovation, brimming with creative minds who are helping to boost the capital’s economy and that of the whole country. However, it is absolutely vital that we nurture our tech stars of the future and make sure that our deep reserves of talent do not run dry.

“This new scheme will help London to remain ahead of the game when it comes to tech and give thousands of young Londoners the chance to share in the city’s economic success.”

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