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

10:00 24 May 2014

Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK

Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK


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.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:10
An officer arranges flowers at the stabbing scene in Yoke Close

The 17-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Holloway last night was found by members of the public.

Yesterday, 18:01
Khayerul Miah, pictured, and his brother have joined IS in Syria

The two young men from Kentish Town who left the UK to fight for Islamic State (IS) in Syria are former pupils of Acland Burghley School.

Yesterday, 14:10
Vallie founders Robin Doble (L) and Nash Islam (R)

Tech City is the third largest technology hub in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep. Each week, we bring you news from the thriving area around Old Street roundabout. This week, reporter Sophie Inge talks to Nash Islam, co-founder of Vallie, the UK’s first on-demand app-based valet parking service.

Yesterday, 11:00
Emily Thornberry

The Russian mafia could end up controlling publicly owned land under proposed laws, Islington South and Finsbury’s MP has warned.

Yesterday, 08:30
The London Fire Brigade has put forward proposals to axe 13 fire engines - including one from Islington - to fill an £11million budget black hole

‘All the conversation now is about social media, removing something as important as this is a false economy’ say Tories

Yesterday, 08:30
The boy was stabbed to death near Caledonian Road Tube station in Islington (Pic: Google Street View)

A teenage boy was stabbed to death in Yoke Close, off North Road, Holloway, last night.

Yesterday, 07:00
As shown on the map, zones C (Finsbury Square and Farringdon Station) and K (Whittington Hospital) are the only areas where consultees approved of increased parking enforcement. Graphic: Islington Council

Islington Labour’s backtrack on the controversial controlled parking zone (CPZ) proposals is set to be rubberstamped on Thursday.

Mon, 17:22
Counterfeit Amber Leaf tobacco pouches, fake duty stamps, and other packaging seized during the raid

Warning over dangers of illicit tobacco as products worth £11,000 are found in intelligence-led swoop

Most read news


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder