Tower Hamlets has successfully secured £250,000 of funding on behalf of the four borough LIFT initiative to deliver a Digital Hub as part of the Mayor’s Academies Programme, which aims to support Londoners hardest hit by the pandemic.
The funding, which has been awarded to organisations across London, will help establish hubs to support residents into good work across a number of long-term economic growth sectors including digital.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We’re committed to helping local residents into training and apprenticeships so that they can develop their skills and secure employment. With this funding, we will be able to ensure further development is provided in digital sectors to increase job potential and ensure long-term economic growth.”
The LIFT initiative, which includes Camden, Islington and Hackney, has allocated this funding to establish a digital hub in Tower Hamlets which will provide quality mark training and bespoke support to help newly skilled people.
With a focus on digital and to meet industry demands, key areas of focus will include software engineering, web development, cyber security, digital marketing, data and business analytics and tech consulting roles.
Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Cabinet Member for Work, Economic Growth and Faith said: “I’m delighted we have been allocated this funding on behalf of the LIFT initiative. The pandemic has had an enormous impact on employment and so it is important that we continue to provide support to meet industry demands through the newly established hub.”
Once established, the LIFT Digital Hub will work with employers to understand emerging skill needs and recruitment challenges in the digital sector. The hub will then coordinate an offer of effective training across local providers to equip local people with the skills they need to access good jobs in the sector.
There will also be an improvement on the access to employment and training opportunities for people from groups underrepresented in the sector, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, women and young people aged 16-25.
For more information on the LIFT Digital Hub, please visit https://www.liftfutures.london/our-work/digital-hub
Posted on Thursday 17th February 2022