The Prince's Trust and CapgeminiAhead of the start of the Get Started course with The Prince’s Trust in Glasgow next week, I spoke to Elana Jenkins who took part in the Get Started with App Design course last November.

Elana has been unemployed since finishing a graphic design degree in July 2015. She has found it extremely difficult to find work, despite applying for numerous jobs and getting 12 interviews. However, she has always been interested in apps, and had designed the graphics for apps as part of her course. She was keen to find out more about coding and jumped at the chance to join the Get Started with App Design course with The Prince’s Trust last November.

“I really enjoyed the course,” says Elana. “It really made me think about apps differently and I was really interested to find out more about how they are developed.”

Since completing the course, Elana has secured a role as a Project Assistant with Shape Arts, an organisation supporting disabled artists and individuals to work in the arts and culture sector. Elana is managing a project, ‘Inspiring Futures’ working with schools and youth groups, using a wide range of administration skills to set-up calls and meetings, organise events and co-coordinating marketing activity to successfully manage the project.

“I am thrilled to now be working for Shape Arts as it has already given me the opportunity to develop my skills and experience and has allowed me to consider my plans for the future”, says Elana.

The Get Started course was developed as part of a Digital Partnership with The Prince’s Trust, which will see Capgemini deliver a series of programmes teaching 600 of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK the skills necessary to develop a career in today’s digital economy.

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