Partnership helps young people get skilled with tech

A group of young people in Cardiff have been given the opportunity to forge careers in tech thanks to a partnership between The Prince’s Trust Cymru, Codez Academy, Tramshed Tech and The Big Learning Company.

12 youngsters recently took part in and successfully completed the Get into Digital Skills employability programme, which was set up by The Prince’s Trust to help unemployed young people develop STEM skills.

The three-week course saw the participants complete a combination of training and vocational experience to help them pick up digital skills and explore opportunities in the Welsh tech sector.

By the time the programme ended, the young people had built a fully-functioning website with the assistance of the Codez Academy, a training company based at Tramshed Tech.

In this process, they wrote the code, developed the content and created a digital marketing campaign to promote their chosen business. There was also a focus on problem solving, teamwork, communication and critical thinking skills.

30-year-old Sophia-Jayne Flanigan, from Barry, has been offered a job with Codez Academy since completing the programme. She said: “The course was absolutely fantastic and I learnt so much in only a few weeks. I’m over the moon to be offered a job and excited about what the future holds.”

Dean Jenkins, managing director of the Codez Academy, said his company’s aim is to close the skills gap in the Welsh tech sector. “At Codez, we are committed to helping people develop the right skills to ensure that Wales is able to compete in digital industries,” he said.

“I was so impressed by the young people on this latest course with The Prince’s Trust. What they achieved in a matter of weeks just shows what we can do if we put our mind to something.”

Phil Jones, director for The Prince’s Trust Cymru, said: “Digital skills are becoming increasingly important for employers as well as for young people to succeed in a rapidly changing workplace.

“That’s why we’re working in partnership with industry experts to deliver programmes like this one. A huge thank you to the Big Learning Company, Codez Academy and Tramshed Tech for their support, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Louise Harris, director of the Big Learning Company, added: “BLC is proud to be involved with The Prince’s Trust’s Get into Digital Skills programme.

“It’s great for us to see young people enthusiastic about developing new digital skills. At BLC, our aim is to give each learner an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Mark John, director of Tramshed Tech, said, “We were delighted to be asked to be involved in The Prince’s Trust’s first ever Get into Digital Skills programme here in Wales.

“Seeing the difference in the young people from their first nerve-racking day to their last day, confidently presenting the skills they’d learnt, was fantastic.

“The core of our business is to grow the digital, tech and creative industries within Wales and these people are the next generation of entrepreneurs and employees – this course showed just what our young people are capable of.

“We were lucky enough to host Jamie and James for the week of work experience and we were impressed by their enthusiasm and attitude – we are looking forward to working with them – and working closer with The Princes Trust – in the future.”