East London start-ups to benefit from Tech City apprenticeship scheme

One in five young people in inner London borough is unemployed. To tackle this problem, start-ups from east London-based Tech City and Hackney College have teamed up to offer technical apprenticeships.

Beginning in September 2013, Tech City start-ups will employ five hundred apprentices collectively for a period of six to eighteen months. Two new university-level apprenticeships will include qualifications in IT Applications Development and Project Management.

The scheme has support from Tech City companies including advertising firm Mother, printing company Moo, creative agencyPoke and social strategy firm Lean Mean Fighting Machine.

Tom Hostler, founder of creative agency Poke, spoke about the benefits of employing apprentices: “Running a creative, digital and media company for 12 years, finding the next source of talent has never been far from my priorities. Having young people in the company will help us to be more responsive to our clients.”

Companies looking to take part can find out more at the Tech City Apprenticeships website.