Tech City launches London apprenticeship scheme

Tech City Apprenticeship (TCA) programme which will provide young people the chance to work with digital companies in London

London tech companies are being encouraged to sign up to the Tech City Apprenticeship (TCA) programme, which will provide young people the chance to work with digital companies.

Organised by by Hackney Community College, the scheme is calling for digital and IT firms in East London to take part in a scheme which will provide apprentices a mix of training and qualifications geared towards Tech City.

Companies will be matched to 500 unemployed young Londoners over the next three years who will work in the business and attend college one day per week.

Both B2B and consumer businesses which can provide apprenticeship roles in IT programming/applications development, IT operations/project management or creative digital media are welcome to apply.

Companies that have already signed up to the TCA program include digital and design agencies, printing firms and social media companies in Shoreditch; including Mother, Moo, Poke and Lean Mean Fighting Machine. 

“Finding the next source of talent has never been far from my priorities. Having young people in the company will help us to be more responsive to our clients,” said Tom Hostler founding partner of creative agency Poke.

While the interested firms are mostly based in Tech City, the scheme will also provide for companies across the capital.

Benjamin Southworth, deputy CEO of Tech City said: “The scheme will help equip tomorrow’s leaders with the digital and creative skills that are essential if we are to continue to make London one of the world’s best places to base a business.”

Two university-level TCA courses – creative and digital media and IT applications development/project management – will begin in September 2013, with companies taking on apprentices for six to 18 months.

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