As part of the recently launched Digital Partnership between Capgemini and The Prince’s Trust, designed to teach 600 disadvantaged young people in the UK the skills necessary to develop a career in today’s digital economy, we held an interactive digital skills event for underprivileged young people in Glasgow last week.

Get started with Apps is a week-long digital challenge that includes tasks such as creating a mobile solution or using big data to solve a problem. Speaking from the event, which took place at The Prince’s Trust’s Wolfson Centre, Tiffany McElvar, one of the attendees, commented: “I am not a very outgoing person so the course helped me build my confidence and meet new people. I really enjoyed learning to code different bits of machinery and getting more of an understanding of how technology such as virtual reality will change how we live in the future.”

The work with The Prince’s Trust is part of Capgemini’s commitment to raise the standard of digital skills among young people in the UK. Our study into the digital literacy and the potential impact on businesses found that 47% of companies in the UK believe that young people are very digitally savvy, but don’t know how to use their digital skills for work purposes – this puts young people at risk of missing out on dream jobs.

Amy McCusker, Community Director at Capgemini, said: “As our research highlighted, digital skills are now a fundamental part of many jobs and industries, and not just reserved for those young people pursuing a career in IT. It’s also an essential part of our wider society and at Capgemini we regularly work with communities across the UK to help young people from all backgrounds gain the skills they need to succeed in today’s digital economy.”

Tiffany McElvar & Amy McCuskerAllan Watt, Director of The Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “For young people to come into a course with little experience and create a working app in just five days shows the hidden talent we have in our young people. The Prince’s Trust Scotland is committed to supporting disadvantaged and unemployed young people into work, education and business. Working in partnership with Capgemini on a course like this gives young people a chance to learn science and technology skills in a creative and hands-on way and find out how they can kick-start a career in this growing and dynamic industry.”