Last Friday Dame Tessa Jowell MP visited Lambeth’s enterprise incubator, Hatch, at one of the UK’s 35 Microsoft-supported Youth Hubs.
Lambeth’s young are amongst 5,500 to receive direct access to IT resources and training through Microsoft’s collaboration with local businesses. And as one of around 35 new hubs created this year, Hatch are equipping young people with key skills to help them find employment, or even start out alone. So Hatch staff have been trained by both Microsoft and UK Youth to become IT Champions, to enable the company to train young people themselves (many of which have limited access to technology).
During her visit, Dame Tessa was shown around the centre and learned all about the new technology and training being offered as part of the partnership. Her visit highlights the importance such initiatives have in ensuring Lambeth’s young get the support they need.
Dirk Bischof, CEO of Hatch, said “We are absolutely delighted that Tessa Jowell MP has been to see how Hatch is working with Microsoft and UK Youth to offer IT support to local young people. It is so important that we find new ways to support our community and providing vital computer skills, and instilling a new sense of confidence in their new found abilities, is part of this.”
In addition to this initiative, Hatch are also currently taking on a new group of entrepreneurs for their incubator programme. The deadline is 25 January.