Big Lottery Fund boost for Go Reboot programme

Grant will help more people into roles in the tech industry

An industry-backed programme designed to move unemployed young people into careers in the tech industry is to be rolled out thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery fund.

Go Reboot is a six-day course introducing learners who are not in employment, education or training to different careers, training routes and potential employers in the region’s booming tech sector.

The course is delivered by Sunderland Software City, the organisation enabling the growth of the technology sector in the North East of England.

The course introduces learners to coding, design and tech-related exercises as well as guest talks and visits to local technology firms designed to give participants an insight into the different opportunities in the sector.

Launched in January 2016, the programme has helped over 25 people into jobs and further education.

Jill McKinney, Training Manager at Sunderland Software City said: “The Big Lottery Fund grant is a welcome boost to an already successful programme which has opened up new job and training opportunities to young people not in jobs or education.

“It is an effective, rapid experience that quickly prepares and progresses participants into training and roles within the region’s established technology and digital sector whilst helping to narrow the current technology skills gap inhibiting the growth of many companies.

“The grant will allow us to extend Go Reboot to learners of all ages in different locations around the North East, enabling us to help more people into sustainable and rewarding futures.”

The Go Reboot programme is taking applications for the next course starting on 25th January.  For more information please call 0191 5623349.

Sunderland Software City is funded from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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Notes to editors

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

 

About Sunderland Software City

Sunderland Software City is enabling the growth of the technology sector in the North East of England; providing support and creating opportunities for aspiring and established software businesses. We aim to strengthen the region’s economy by helping individual companies to grow, create jobs and attract investment and through collaboration with partners across the UK, we champion North East tech. www.sunderlandsoftwarecity.com

Sunderland Software City is funded from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

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