Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills have a huge role to play in the economic future of the UK and are more in demand than ever in the work place.

Digital skills in particular are increasingly becoming a key requirement for jobs, which is why we’re committed to helping young people develop their abilities in this area.

Helping us achieve to this goal is our long-standing partner, Capgemini, who we’ve worked with to launch a new digital initiative.

Through the partnership, which will run until 2019, Capgemini has pledged to support 600 young people by helping them to build up the digital skills they need to thrive.

Nigel Walsh, Vice President & Community Engagement Executive Sponsor at Capgemini said: 

Digital skills are no longer the preserve of people who want to pursue a career in IT – they now play a vital role in all industries. There are many programmes working with young people at school, but we want to ensure that all young people have the chance to benefit from and contribute to our digital society.

He added: "We're thrilled to support the work The Prince's Trust does by focussing in on digital skills and support the absolute need for digital skills in Britain today."

Together, we will run a series of programmes across the UK, supporting young people who might be at risk of exclusion, lacking inspiration about their future, or are in need of relevant work experience and training to help them get the job they want. These programmes will give young people a strong digital foundation and help them to build a brighter future for themselves.

Paul Brown, Director of Marketing and Communications at The Trust said:

Capgemini’s commitment to arming the workforce of the future with the right skills makes them a natural partner for The Prince’s Trust. Together, we will help hundreds more unemployed young people to succeed in today’s job market, focusing in particular on helping them to develop digital skills that are increasingly sought after by employers across the UK.

Kicking off with a new Capgemini Get Started with Apps course, which started this week at our Kennington Centre in South London, the week-long programme will see 15 unemployed young people work together to develop an idea for an app, with the support of Capgemini employees, clients and partners.

The young people will spend the first half of the week learning about the process of making apps and then work in groups to brainstorm and research viable ideas.

The remaining half of the week will be spent turning these ideas into fully designed, clickable prototypes, complete with animations, ready to be shown off on a mobile device, culminating in a final presentation of each group’s App idea.

Interested in developing your digital skills? Get in touch to find out about our upcoming STEM courses.

Read more about our digital partnership with Capgemini on the company’s blog.