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DSH & Ukie welcomes £5m Mayor of London Digital Skills Fund

Author: Shahneila Saeed

The Mayor of London has launched a new £5m programme, which will fund access to digital skills for young people across the Capital, ensuring the future of the London's thriving technology sector. Alongside this programme was the release of the Computing Curriculum Guide, which the Digital Schoolhouse and Ukie are proud to have collaborated with the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) and the Education Foundation thinktank to produce. 

The guide will provide practical guidance for how primary and secondary schools across London can effectively embed the new Computing Curriculum. On the back of this Ukie worked in partnership with the LEP on the groundbreaking Digital Schoolhouse project. It has been fantastic to be given the opportunity to work alongside them once again, and also the Education Foundation, in the production of the Computing Curriculum Guide, which gives guidance to senior leaders on how to introduce the curriculum, and the resources available to assist with teaching. Investing in the talent pipeline at such a young age is key to ensuring that children are prepared for the future workplace and emerging digital jobs. 

Ukie recently launched the Blueprint for Growth report, an independent report which outlines recommendations that Parliament can take add an extra £1bn annually to the UK games industry, doubling our sector’s rate of growth. We call for MPs to act on our recommendations to grow, attract and retain the best talent to successfully unlock the true potential of our sector, and investment in programmes like this is just the beginning.

Ukie CEO, Dr Jo Twist, said, “Skills and talent are a top priority for the UK games industry and this new investment will ensure that the next generation have the digital skills they need to access jobs in London’s already booming tech sector. It is fantastic to see the LEP and Mayor are taking the need to invest in digital talent seriously, as providing skills to young Londoners is the only way to secure our sector remains at the forefront of technical and creative innovations. Investing in computing education and digital skills at a young age will build the tech stars of the future.

“The London LEP is really leading the way supporting 21 century skills, other enterprise partnerships should take note and support their own clusters in this way.”

We are actively looking for further case studies of good practice where schools have effectively embedded computing into their whole school provision. If you would like to submit your own case study, or have any feedback on the initiative then we would love to hear from you. You can get in touch via www.computingguide.org or contact Shahneila directly

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