The Tech Partnership

By collaborating with employers across the economy, and embracing partners and stakeholders who contribute to our aims, we can develop the digital talent the country needs. I look forward to working with you all to create the UK’s digital future.

Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco UK & Ireland

What we do


We're already working hard to reach our goal to deliver the skills for a million digital jobs. 

1,600 UK schools and colleges participate in TechFuture – the Tech Partnership’s digital learning programme for young people. 50 TechFuture courses are accessed regularly by teachers and students on topics that range from games design to cyber security.700 industry Ambassadors volunteer their time in schools to help young people learn digital skills and find out about digital careers. 45 universities across the UK offer Tech Partnership-accredited Tech Industry Gold degrees and degree apprenticeships, delivering capabilities that are highly prized by employers. 75% of Tech Industry Gold degree students graduate with a First or 2:1 - compared to 52% for computing degrees overall.  100,000 digital apprentices over the next three years will use the new apprenticeship standards defined by Tech Partnership employers500,000 girls aged 10 to 19 are being reached through the Tech Partnership’s gender campaign, to help effect a step change in the number of women taking up digital roles.
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.

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