Apps for Good extends support for former students

Apps for Good unveils Fellows Programme to offer more experience to former students

Apps for Good has unveiled its Fellows Programme for former students, offering them the opportunity to take their business skills further.

Supported by Thomson Reuters, the programme aims to give former Apps for Good students a chance to think about the future, learn new skills and gain real-life experience in business and technology.

The charity has already run a successful pilot which included more than 1,000 students. The Fellows Programme is now open to 25,000 students.

Students involved in the pilot took part in activities such as representing Apps for Good at Skoll World Forum, entering competitions such as Wired Next Generation, and taking part in user testing for Tech Will Save Us and Plotr.

The programme also enables students to become an Apps for Good ambassador.

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The students will have the chance to work with design teams and to help shape the future of the Fellows Programme. They will also join Apps for Good’s team of bloggers and vloggers, and will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with partners such as The Guardian, YouthNet and Ogilvy.

Apps for Good managing director Debbie Forster said the organisation helps students from all over the UK transform from consumers into creators of technology.

“Now we want to take that even further, giving students who have taken part in Apps for Good at their school the chance to continue to build connections with our communities of corporate partners and experts, getting hands-on experience in the world of tech and business," she said.

“Our aim is to build a generation of problem solvers and digital makers, ensuring young people have the confidence and skills to succeed in the 21st century, and the Fellows Programme will be an important part of how we achieve this mission.”

Thomson Reuters head of advanced product innovation Bob Schukai said the media firm is excited to be strengthening its partnership with Apps for Good through supporting the Fellows Programme.

“My colleagues and I have been continually impressed by the dedication and skillsets of the students we’ve worked with, so I am delighted that their talents and experience will now be utilised to help teach the next generation of young technologists,” he said.

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