21K Digital Media Bootcamp #1

A New Voice For Tech Talent In The BAME Sector

The UK tech industry is big news with around 775,000 people being employed every year.  Shockingly, only 4% of these employees are from the BAME sector; an underrepresentation which needs to be urgently addressed.

Shocking figures in black and white

21K Digital Media is dedicated to providing education and employment opportunities for underprivileged young people in London and, the new 21K Digital Media Boot Camp aims to address the balance when it comes to the tech industry.  According to the Learning and Work Institute, BAME candidates have a success rate of just 3.7% when applying for information and communication technology apprenticeships.  21K Digital Media is joining with the Mayor of London’s Talent Path initiative in order to drive real change for young people, in particular young black males in London.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has highlighted the fact that young black men face some of the highest unemployment rates in London – a staggering 33% according to recent figures by the UK’s leading independent race-equality think tank.  21K Digital Media will be seeking Mr Khan’s support in launching its innovative Digital Media Bootcamp to help reboot these shocking statistics.

The future is bright – and BAME

The 21K Digital Media Bootcamp will be held at the organisation’s Digital Media Hub and will provide training, workshops and career advice to those from the BAME community; many of whom have lost jobs within the retail and leisure sectors due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

21K Digital Media is the brainchild of Colin Lee-Own, an Edmonton resident of 53 years.  Colin works tirelessly to improve life for young people within London and, on the 23rd of January, 21K Digital Media held a launch event for its new Digital Media Hub – a unique facility which offers much needed technology and media training to young people within the community.

Edonton, north London, presents a number of problems for young and disadvantaged people due to a lack of jobs, training opportunities and apprenticeships.  35.5% of area’s residents currently hold no qualifications and, this has, unfortunately, resulted in Edmonton placing second in the whole of London when it comes to youth violence.  This vicious circle has, of course, been further exacerbated by the pandemic which has led to further unemployment in the district.

Colin spent £8,850 of his own money on leasing the property and making it habitable in order to create the Hub which aims to give young people a fresh start in 2021.

A helping hand

21K Digital is changing the game for young people through its partnership through its partnership with the College Of North East London.  This dynamic collaboration offers a lifeline to school leavers not currently engaged in work or education and provides a relaxed and friendly environment in the heart of the Edmonton Green Shopping Centre for young people to gain new skills, make new contacts and put their newly found expertise to work.  As we navigate our way through to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, 21K Digital is set to give Edmonton a new lease of life with a young and vibrant new tech-savvy workforce.

Working together

21K Digital will be contacting the office of London’s Mayor to seek assistance with making this vital training a reality for young people in London to create a better and brighter future for everyone.

How you can help

At 21K Digital, we believe that we’re stronger together and, you can help us to do great things in London by becoming a member HERE.  Don’t forget to follow us on twitter for the latest news on our work and our new campaigns.

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