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DYW Glasgow and ScotlandIS launch ‘Digital Critical Friends’ project, providing tech industry mentors within Glasgow schools

In response to the Logan Review, DYW Glasgow have developed an innovative and responsive new project in collaboration with ScotlandIS called Digital Critical Friends.  The project ensures that every Glasgow City Council secondary school will have at their disposal a senior tech expert from a leading technology business – a Digital Critical Friend.

In 2020, the Logan Review looked at the Scottish technology sector and concluded that computing science should be treated as a core school subject in the same way as maths and physics. It found that 13,000 digital tech job opportunities are created every year in Scotland and filling all of them would add £1bn to Scotland’s economy. (ScotlandIS)

Scotland IS and DYW Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, aim for this legacy building project to ensure the curriculum is industry relevant; teachers are upskilled and sector savvy and young people have an increased awareness of digital career opportunities and what is required to get roles in this sector.

With the pandemic accelerating the everyday use of technology, the industry today promises creative and highly rewarding career pathways, and it is estimated that around 80% of future jobs will require STEM skills.

The project hopes to have a tidal wave effect where digital poverty and awareness will gain more prominence. As young people become digitally literate and able to confidently compete in the digital job market, it will help reduce the attainment gap, inequality and generational poverty.

The Digital Critical Friends project further aims to increased uptake of computing science by female pupils, with PwC UK finding that currently only 27% of young women say they would consider a career in technology, and only 3% would say it is their first choice of career.

By directly incorporating tech businesses within Glasgow secondary schools, it is hoped that there will be an increased confidence to create more entry level positions for school leavers who will have the required tech skills and motivation

Businesses involved:

  • Adobe
  • CalMac Ferries
  • I-confidential Limited
  • SDS
  • Wescot Credit Services Ltd
  • Virgin Money/ CBYG
  • Leidos
  • Cutitronics
  • Massive Digital
  • CF Online
  • Amazon
  • PwC
  • Capgemini
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Morgan Stanley
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Codify
  • BJSS
  • NomadiX Media

If you would like to hear more on DYW Glasgow’s initiatives, please get in touch with our team dyw@glasgowchamberofcommerce.com.