Mayor of London asks Ukie to investigate capital's digital skills needs

Mayor of London asks Ukie to investigate capital's digital skills needs

Ukie is partnering with the Education Foundation think tank in a major research project to investigate digital skills needs in London, funded by the Mayor of London's London Enterprise Panel (LEP).  Building on the work of Ukie's Next Gen Skills campaign and our Mayor-funded work with secondary schools, the project will make recommendations to support schools and teachers in East London with the new Computing curriculum. 

To fund these recommendations, the LEP has set aside £5m to address 'London's Digital Challenge' from 2015-2017, part of a £58m Growth Deal for jobs in the capital.

Our CEO Dr. Jo Twist said:  "Skills and talent are a top priority for the games industry.  Ukie is leading the way not just lobbying government for change, but being part of it with our hands-on work with schools and games companies. London's tech sector can only grow further if we support schools and colleges, equipping them with the tools necessary to teach 21st century skills"  

Next Gen Skills Co-ordinator Theo Blackwell commented "The research and recommendations on how to shape proper support for schools to deliver new creative digital skills will be relevant not just to London, but elsewhere in the country.  We are grateful to the Mayor of London for leading the way on this and recognising that nuturing our talent from an early age is vitally important."