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Developing digital talent in London

As part of Skills for Londoners, the Mayor’s Digital Talent Programme is investing £7 million to help young people get the right skills to fill digital, creative and technology occupations needed by every sector of London’s economy.

It will work by:

  • joining up education and training with industry
  • improving teaching in this area
  • establishing new courses and apprenticeships
  • and inspiring young people to gain the digital skills they need for success.

If you’re aged 16-24 and want to develop your skills, or a provider who wants to receive procurement information, register your interest below.

What we want to achieve

The programme will build on and support some of the fantastic work being done by organisations to help young people develop these skills already. We look forward to supporting: 

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  • 1,000 young Londoners access new, industry approved learning opportunities
  • 500 University students gain new skills and work experience through SME placements
  • 400 start-ups and SMEs access higher level skills that will support business growth
  • 400 school and FE teachers deliver industry-relevant digital skills learning and qualifications
  • 2,000 young Londoners access better information, sign-posting, careers guidance and inspirational events for digital, technology and digital-creative roles

The Mayor is also committed to turning around the under-representation of women in tech jobs and the programme will have a specific focus on young women, who are currently only
17% of the digital workforce.

Digital Talent will also support Black and Minority Ethnicity (BAME) Londoners and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

How the programme will be developed

We want to create opportunities to develop digital skills at various levels of education and early employment; supporting teachers and skills providers, institutions and businesses.

Have a look at our plans

Part 1 - will assess Apprenticeship requirements at levels 3 and above in technology, digital and creative disciplines. It will also include “Digital Labs” between employers and further education skills providers, which will test and enrich curricula and courses to make learners’ training more relevant to industry skills needs.

Part 2 - will fund the delivery of focused pre-employment skills and employability interventions to help young Londoners aged 16-24 years old enter technology, digital, creative job roles

Part 3 - is a higher level skills programme focused on start-ups and SMEs. It will develop university/SME partnerships to shape skills provision for current higher education students around the needs of these businesses. This provision will include digital and enterprise skills.

The models will be tested through work placements in start-ups and SMEs. Students will be on a Level 6 programme or above and will be matched to the needs of the start-up and SME.

Part 4 - will be a kit-fund for industry-standard training facilities, equipment and related capital assets that enable learners to have first-hand experience of working with the tools industry use, and which employers require new employees to have.

Part 5 - will fund a quality teacher Continuous Professional Development (CPD) package. This will raise teachers’ awareness of digital careers through increased industry exposure and connecting teaching staff in secondary schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges with those working in industry.

Part 6 - will be coordinated, information and marketing campaign to direct young people to careers advice and digital learning opportunities.

What's next?

We'll be updating this page as the programme develops. In the meantime, you can have a look at our:

  • Overview of the Digital Talent Programme
  • Digital Skills report (with Tech Partnership) - this looks at what the most important skills training needs are for young Londoners looking to enter digital, technology and creative roles
  • Best practice guides on digital apprenticeships, produced with the Tech Partnership:
  1. Digital apprenticeship standards
  2. Engaging SMEs in digital apprenticeships
  3. Attracting under-represented groups to digital apprenticeships