MARCH 3, LONDON, 2014 Workshare today announced its working with Raspberry Pis in association with BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT, and Tower Hamlets Integrated Youth and Community Services (IYCS), to teach coding skills and build awareness about IT careers to young people. The initiative addresses the need to improve Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills among young people and will help to address the IT skills shortage that is causing job vacancies across the tech industry.

As an integral part of East London’s thriving technology hub, Workshare is committed to engaging its local community, while also solving important social challenges in the area. According to recent research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, one in five jobs in the UK are unfilled due to skills shortages across industries, including IT and computing. This initiative will provide young people with greater visibility into the world of tech and what future path they could take working for a tech-based international company like Workshare.

The lessons have been developed by Workshare in conjunction with Dr Andrew Robinson of Manchester University, and recruitment social enterprise, Resonate. Workshare employees will use Raspberry Pi machines to teach different lessons in coding to a select group of 40 young people over the course of five weeks supported by trained youth workers from IYCS. At the end of the programme, students can enter a competition to develop their own application and present it to a panel of Workshare and industry judges. The top three students will be awarded a paid internship with Workshare during the summer of 2014.

“As the IT skills shortage threatens to restrain UK’s economic recovery, the onus is on businesses to foster interest in IT and equip our young people with the technical knowledge they need for professional success,” said Anthony Foy, CEO of Workshare. “At Workshare, we take pride in our community and are committed to building a better future for the younger generation. Workshare is proud to be part of such a progressive program, educating our local community about the benefits of working in technology.”