Cambridgeshire Learning Region launched to develop young people and offer digital badges
A consortium of companies and organizations will work together to launch a digital learning region spanning Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
It is designed to equip young people without jobs or without education, training or employment with the skills to find work in some of Cambridge’s fastest growing industries.
The initiative is being developed by the Cambridge nonprofit Form the Future, in partnership with St Neots-based consultancy firm Shift Momentum and digital consultancy firm Navigatr. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough learning region will build on a model already deployed elsewhere in the UK.
It will introduce a digital credentials system for young people aged 15-24, with badges reflecting learning or participatory activities offered by a range of informal and formal learning and education providers in the county. .
Anne Bailey, CEO of Form the Future, said: “Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are home to some of the most serious inequalities in the whole country. Yet there is huge potential to help our young people improve their skills and connect them with local work opportunities.
“At a time of accelerating the pace of economic change, it is essential that we give our young people the support they need to develop professionally and take advantage of the wide range of employment opportunities available in our region.
Anne added: “The Region of Learning will help us recognize and develop human capital by giving our young people the foundation they need to enter the world of work, for example by finding internships, apprenticeships and interview opportunities.
A non-profit organization with a strong social mission, Form the Future helps students from disadvantaged communities break the cycle of underachievement in school and in the workplace. By partnering with local schools and businesses, they encourage young people to explore their skills and interests, understand their future employment options, and make informed career decisions that are right for them.
Young people interested in participating should contact Form the Future at [email protected] for more information. Employers, companies and training providers interested in participating in the project, or for more information on the Region of Learning app, should contact [email protected].
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Learning Region is run by Cambridge City Council in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council and has received financial support from the European Social Fund administered by the Department for Work and Pensions, Greater Cambridge Partnership, Arts Council England, and Anglia Ruskin University.