16 July 2020
Today (Thursday) the CBI will propose a “London Tech Guarantee” offering a partnership between business, government, local colleges and universities to widen provision of tech to young Londoners facing hardship. The guarantee will be launched at an event with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
CBI Director-General Dame Carolyn Fairbairn will also announce that many CBI members have pledged their support.
The CBI have made it a priority to support young people and widen opportunity in the capital, and they recognise that tackling digital exclusion is essential for London’s businesses and communities. The aim is to ensure that all young Londoners have equal access to education and training, and to jobs and skills.
The CBI also recognises that digital literacy and access to online tools and platforms can be essential in gaining the skills and experiences the next generation need. The ambition is to make sure that no one is left behind simply because of their background or circumstances.
The call from the CBI to both City Hall and public or private sector partners is to agree to collaborate on how digital inclusion across the city can be improved to ultimately allow everyone to participate in London’s economy.
Digital inclusion is also a key priority for the Mayor, with the GLA developing proposals for the city’s recovery from Covid-19. Therefore the time for partnership is now and the CBI will work to ensure London’s business community is actively engaged on this agenda, to drive change for those who most need it.
The CBI London Annual Reception is a highlight in the London business calendar and this year is supported by Investec.
In her speech, CBI Director-General Dame Carolyn Fairbairn is expected to say:
“With a ‘London Tech Guarantee’ – a partnership between business, government, and universities and local colleges – we can ensure every young Londoner has equal access to education and training.
“This will help to lessen the effects of digital exclusion across our capital. CBI members are firmly behind this agenda and stand ready to help make it a success.
“It’s a small step on our longer journey towards an inclusive recovery, but it’s one that could transform thousands of lives for the better.”