Mayor welcomes world to London Tech Week

It’s London Tech Week, and new Mayor Sadiq Khan has thrown his support behind the event, designed to highlight London’s stature as world leading digital destination. The Mayor has pledged to work closely with the tech community to remove the barriers to its further growth, and help make London a more prosperous city for all.

“London’s tech sector has got unique opportunities and also unique challenges, and I will act as its champion to ensure we keep our position as the best city for digital entrepreneurship in Europe”, he said

Khan’s plans include the establishment of a ‘tech talent pipeline’ to ensure young Londoners have the digital skills they need to access jobs in the sector. “As part of this, I want to see more girls encouraged to work in tech to reverse the under-representation of women in the industry.”

The issue of digital connectivity has also been raised, not only by Khan but other observers who have bemoaned the slow pace of high speed broadband installation in the capital. Addressing that, the Mayor said he would “Make it a priority to work with partners to tackle London’s ‘notspots’ and treat digital infrastructure with the same status as other key public utilities,”

“Furthermore, I am also determined to tackle London’s housing crisis by delivering thousands of new genuinely affordable homes so that budding tech entrepreneurs can afford to live and fulfil their dreams in this great city.” That news will be especially welcome to young people hoping to pursue a career in tech in London. Some of them were present at an event last week, held to bridge the current divide between students and employers.


Bridging the gap

8 student ambassadors from 14 UK universities offering Tech Partnership Degrees came last Wednesday at the City of London offices of SAS to share ideas and insights, meet each other and network with employers. The ambassadors were there to meet figures from industry, including SAS’ Head of Talent Acquisition for Northern Europe, Guy Franklin, who explained why SAS backed the IT Management for Business (ITMB) and Software Development for Business degrees:

“It’s rare to find all the elements we ideally need in an entry level employee – in our case, that’s a combination of a passion for analytics, good technical knowledge, commercial savviness and strong inter-personal skills. We’ve seen that students with a Tech Partnership degree are more likely to stand out because they get exposed to this mix of skills throughout their studies.”