THE PRINCE’S TRUST TO TACKLE “ IT SKILLS GAP “ WITH PRIVATE SECTOR

The Prince’s Trust supported by Noel Brady of Consult Nb1 Limited, welcomed around 45 market leaders in ICT to the launch of an initiative aimed at helping disadvantaged young people make their first steps into training or employment in this sector.

This latest partnership between the Trust and the private sector will begin with a pilot programme, Get Started in Coding. Targeted specifically at young people aged 16 to 25, the introductory training will combine basic confidence building exercises with a practical coding experience.
“ The purpose of this first strand is to enable young people who may not have the qualifications but do have the necessary aptitude, to become inspired and encouraged to explore a career with a ICT theme,” explains Noel Brady,
“ I have been working with the Trust for a number of years and believe that there has never been a better time to address this skills shortage. One way to meet this challenge and help disadvantaged young people get into employment is to have a joined up approach between charities such as The Prince’s Trust and the private sector companies involved in ICT.”
Talking at the launch Ian Jeffers, Director with The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland said,
” We are committed to embedding STEM across all of our programmes and welcome the business expertise and support that the IT industry in Northern Ireland can provide to help us engage young people with technology, establish partnerships and building skills that are vital in today’s job market.” replica watches

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