East of England Salon: Digital Apprentices
Join Digital Leaders in Cambridge during Apprenticeship Week to discuss the ‘ladder of opportunity’ that digital and tech degree apprenticeships bring employers and to the next generation of appropriately skilled young people into the East of England economy.
“Learning every day, and set up for a great job with a fantastic company” – life as a cyber apprentice at BT
Shyaan and Stephen are 5 months into their apprenticeships at BT, specialising in cyber security. The Tech Partnership caught up with them to find out about starting out in security, and how they came to choose an apprenticeship.
Employers, your chance to transform the cyber security skills pipeline
Employers from right across the economy are collaborating to create an innovative proposal to improve the pipeline of students into cyber security careers. Discover how to get involved.
What we do
We're already working hard to reach our goal to deliver the skills for a million digital jobs.
But there's so much more to be done.
We're working in 3 critical areas
Inspiring new and diverse talent into digital careers
- Inspiring education resources for schools and colleges: TechFuture is an interactive learning platform built to inspire the next generation about digital skills and careers – it's supported by teaching guides and by employer-backed open badges which students can collect to evidence their skills.
- Bringing the tech sector to life through industry ambassadors: Volunteers share their time and expertise in schools to inspire young people from all backgrounds about digital careers and help them learn new skills.
- Encouraging a diverse pool of talent: employers lead action to attract a wide range of people into digital careers, for example through targeted campaigns and the highly successful TechFuture Girls clubs, which involve girls aged 9-14 in creative technology projects based on real-world challenges.
Raising the quality of digital skills training and education
- Setting standards in digital skills: we collaborate to set digital skills standards, the building blocks of qualifications, which articulate industry need, from basic skills to apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships and degrees.
- Accrediting high-quality programmes: we accredit and promote Tech Industry Gold programmes – education and training whose content and delivery meet industry defined quality standards.
- Developing relevent tech degrees: Tech Industry Gold university degrees enable students to gain a highly valued blend of technology, business and interpersonal skills, and produce outstanding academic and employment outcomes.
- Promoting apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships: Tech Industry Gold apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships are the first choice of many employers because of their quality assurance, customer responsiveness and focus on early apprentice productivity.
Enabling employers to offer high quality digital apprenticeships
- Helping businesses succeed: the Digital Apprenticeship Company is a Tech Partnership-owned social enterprise created by employers to help companies plan and implement high quality apprenticeship programmes that support their future skills needs.
- Increasing awareness: employers work together to increase awareness of apprenticeship opportunities and encourage greater numbers of young people to apply for them.