A group of young people in Cardiff are forging careers in digital industries after completing our first Get into Digital Skills course in Wales.

We know how important digital skills are in the workplace and we’re delighted to work with industry experts to deliver programmes like this one. The course was run in partnership with Cardiff start-up Codez Academy and supported by tech hub Tramshed Tech and digital training provider, The Big Learning Company. Blue Stag and CGI also provided work placements, while Digital Profile and Sonix delivered training.

Over three weeks, the group completed a combination of training and vocational experience to help them develop digital skills and explore opportunities in STEM-related industries.

After the course, the young people had each built a fully functioning website, which included writing the code, developing content and creating a digital marketing campaign to present to their chosen business. They also developed their problem solving, teamwork, communication and critical thinking skills.

Sophia-Jayne Flanigan, 30, from Barry, was 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.

Louise Harris, Director, Big Learning Company, said,

Our aim is to give each learner an equal opportunity to reach their full potential, and 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.

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. We were lucky enough to host Jamie and James for the week of work experience and we were really impressed by their enthusiasm and attitude - we look forward to working with them - and with The Princes Trust - in the future.

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