A group of local young people are on their way to forging careers in the digital industries thanks to a partnership between The Prince’s Trust Cymru, Codez Academy, Tramshed Tech and The Big Learning Company. 12 young people were recently recognised for completing the Get into Digital Skills employability programme, which forms part of The Prince’s Trust commitment to developing STEM skills among unemployed young people.
During the three-week course, the group completed a combination of training and vocational experience to help them develop digital skills and explore opportunities in STEM-related industries. By the end of the programme, the young people had each built a fully functioning website. This included writing the code, developing content and creating a digital marketing campaign to present to their chosen business. They course also helped them develop problem solving, teamwork, communication and critical thinking skills.
Sophia-Jayne Flanigan, 30, from Barry, has been offered a job with Codez Academy after completing the programme. She says, “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.”
Codez Academy Managing Director Dean Jenkins said, “At Codez, we are committed to helping people develop the right skills to ensure that Wales is able to compete in digital industries. 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, Big Learning Company, said, “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. Digital products give us a platform to carry out our mission. Hosting two of the group, Yoshito and Rhys, for work experience after the programme helped us gain further insight into the ideas and capabilities of young people in the digital age. This knowledge and understanding is key for us to be able to make that big difference. A great success all round and we will definitely look forward to working with The Prince’s Trust in the future.”
Mark John, Director, 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.”
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust Cymru helps unemployed young people get into work. Three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training within three months. For more information, please call 0800 842 842 or visit princes-trust.org.uk
About The Prince’s Trust Cymru
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust Cymru helps young people in Wales to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity has supported 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion for over 40 years.
Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.
About Codez Academy
Codez Academy is Cardiff based company that aims to make computer technologies accessible by modernising the teaching of ITC. The company, founded by Dean Jenkins, gives people the tools they need to step forward into the world of coding and become creators, not just consumers.
About Tramshed Tech
Tramshed Tech is based at the original Tram Depot, a landmark building in central Cardiff. The Tramshed has been part of the City landscape since the early 1900’s, so it’s a building steeped in history – it was originally the place in Cardiff where trams were kept, maintained and repaired and it was at the forefront of new technology and innovation. Now the trams have gone, the Tramshed has been creatively transformed: into an arts & music venue, into a cultural space, into a digital creative space – the Tramshed is back at the cutting-edge of innovation, an iconic building transforming this area of the city.
We have created a new collaborative working space within the building – a creative hub for businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers in the Technology and Creative Industries, to co-work and collaborate in a unique and relaxed environment. Our creative and inspiring work space is a great space for meetings & events, designed to be flexible to promote creative ideas and a collaborative environment.
About Big Learning Company
Big Learning Company is a digital training company. We work primarily in the education sector – in schools, colleges, universities – but also in the digital tech sector, working with creative industries and tech sector companies and organisations to bridge the gap between Education and Business to the benefit of both sides.
We innovate and develop practical training for young learners and business people, to be able to adapt effectively to ever changing technological progression, faced with ever shorter refresh rates. At Big Learning Company we create learning opportunities that make a difference… a Big difference.