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Tech Camp “a success”

4 November 2019

A TRAINING programme helping Brent residents to gain new tech skills and experience while working alongside digital, creative and media employers through a ‘career hackathon’ has been branded a success, after the pilot project concluded with an awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium last week, (October, 31).
The Brent Tech Camp learners were challenged with a ‘Brent High Street of the Future’ brief and tasked with developing technology-led business solutions to local community issues.  
Transport for London's tech team, super-fast broadband provider Hyperoptic and creative media firm Genium were on hand to mentor and support participants, offering real-world insights helping to shape the learners’ business ideas and innovations. 
In completing the programme, 45 people earned a recognised Employability & Professional Development qualification, while also benefiting from the networking opportunity of working with employers.  Two out of three residents on the programme who were seeking work have now found employment.
Cllr Amer Agha, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Employment and Skills, said:
“It’s so important to help our young residents access the skills and work experience needed to find good work in the growing tech, digital and creative industries.
“The Tech Camps and Awards gives Brent residents first-hand experience of developing apps, working with large and small businesses, and building their career aspirations.
“My thanks go to everyone involved who helped to make the pilot programme a success.”
Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, said:
“The Tech Camps and Awards is a fantastic addition to the borough as part of our ambitious Digital Programme.
“Not only is the council investing in new technology that will make Brent a centre of excellence for digital technologies, enhancing the connectivity of the borough for residents and businesses, but we are also supporting the aspirations and outcomes for our communities.”

Pictured: (L-R) Ed Baker, Director Career Camp CIC, Cllr Amer Agha, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Employment & Skills, Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, Martin Kerem, Director and Founding Partner of Genium, Emma Atkins, Hyperoptic's Senior Talent Acquisition Partner and Matthew Dibben, Head of Employment, Skills and Enterprise at Brent Council.