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Tech City launches scheme to help Islington and Hackney youngsters into work

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 May 2014

Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK

Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK

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A campaign has been launched to help disadvantaged young people from Hackney and Islington find work in London’s fast-growing Tech City.

The Connecting Tech City is a web platform which will join up young people, their parents, schools and colleges to digital businesses which are offering learning and employment opportunities.

It is being launched by the Centre for London think tank and is backed by the Mayor of London and City University London, among others. The project is hoping to raise £50,000 initially to launch it.

Director of Centre for London, Ben Rogers, said: “If successful, Connecting Tech City will mark a step-change in relations between East London’s digital cluster and the broader local economy. We urge Londoners to help build the most socially inclusive tech cluster in the world.”

Gerard Grech, Chief Executive of TechCity UK said: “For the UK tech sector to grow, we need to invest more in developing local talent. East London’s cluster can lead the way, but we need to do more to connect businesses to schools and get local young people involved.”

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