This discussion is intended to help LBH understand how it can help the growing digital economy industry on its patch, and find out what support employers / businesses need to harness the opportunities of the potential workforces on its doorstep and tap into the talent and skills of the local community.
I belive passionately in the potential of the digital economy for sections of the population who have traditionally not had the same access to opportunity. The digital economy not only appeals to young people who might be turned off by more conventional careers, but it is also a profession where the best are often self-taught (take Steve Jobs, for example).
In the research I conducted for Centre for London, I found a great willingness among the Tech City entrepreneurs to give back to the community. Although the paperwork and requirements of official apprenticeship schemes might be too onerous for these often very small companies, there are plenty of other ways to engage them: drop in mentoring sessions or individual mentoring coaching were some of my suggestions.