Helping South Tyneside teens get tech savvy to help job search

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Young people in South Tyneside have been given an insight into the world of technology thanks to a new course.

Go Re-Boot has run a six-day programmes aimed to give those not in employment, education or training the chance to find out what careers there are in the technology sector.

The tech sector is booming, and there aren’t enough skilled people entering the sector to satisfy demand.

Jill McKinney

The course, delivered in partnership with South Tyneside Council, also aims to help them take their next steps either into education or employment.

The course was designed and delivered by Jill McKinney, training manager at Sunderland Software City.

Ms McKinney said: “Go Re-Boot is not just about exposing young people, who are currently NEET, to career and training opportunities in the technology sector but also raising their confidence about their abilities and suitability for the sector.

“The tech sector is booming, and there aren’t enough skilled people entering the sector to satisfy the demand.

“At the same time we have 11% of the most technology-enabled generation not in education, training or employment and unaware of the career opportunities and different routes to employment available to them.

“We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the students and the number of young people who have taken a step away from being NEET and have signed up for training, work experience and traineeships after receiving a small snapshot of the 
opportunities in the tech sector.

“We will continue to support the students after the course; helping them to find job vacancies, work experience and training opportunities.”

Eight learners took part in the programme, each receiving a certificate at a celebration event held at 
the Sunderland Software Centre.

Those taking part in the course were given an introduction into coding, design and tech-related exercises as well as employability skills, CV writing and interview techniques.

They were also taken on a visit to technology company Performance Horizon Group, which established itself in South Tyneside before expanding to its current base in Newcastle, as well as guest lectures from Sunderland-based Geek Talent and Consult and Design International.

They also heard about current training opportunities from the National Careers Service, Sunderland College and Dev Academy, with five participants enrolling for further study and training, including coding lessons, traineeships and A-levels.

Stuart Miller, 22 from Boldon, said: “Go Re-Boot has opened my eyes to the number of technology companies and job opportunities there are in the North East and the 
different training options there are that will lead to employment.

“It is inspiring to know that there are companies out there looking for people like me with a passion for technology and that getting a job in tech isn’t as difficult as I had thought.”

Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “Despite the challenging labour market, this programme, funded by South Tyneside Council, has highlighted that there are wide ranging opportunities available in the booming technology sector.

“By highlighting the skillsets that our local employers need, we have been able to help our young people recognise their talents and access the training they need to make the most of these opportunities.”

Anyone who wants more information on the Go Re-Boot programme can contact 0191 562 3349.