O2 Think Big
Think Big Hub
O2 has announced that it will invest £500,000 over the next five years to help young people develop their digital skills and gain career advice. The money will be invested in O2’s Think Big Hub which was opened last week by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society.
O2 is aiming to help around 3,000 young people this year through the Think Big Hub with online webinars, live streaming, virtual classrooms and online mentoring. Some 500 young people will attend digital skills training sessions through the Think Big School, with four delegates working at the hub to complete youth work and administrative apprenticeships.
O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne said: “With the economy showing welcome signs of recovery and the digital opportunity now recognised as key to guaranteeing future economic growth, it is vital that businesses look to employ the right people with the right skills. Giving opportunities to those who have these digital skills in abundance – young people – is therefore of paramount importance.
This is why we have today launched the Think Big Hub, a new space in the heart of London’s Silicon Roundabout aimed at helping young people improve their digital skills and gain practical careers advice. We will be investing more than £500,000 across five years in the space and are expecting 3,000 digital natives to pass through its doors this year alone. And of course although the Hub is based in London, we’ll be using digital technology to improve access to the training opportunities available through webinars, live streaming, virtual classroom and online mentoring to ensure we can support young people across the UK.”
MP Hurd added: “I am pleased to be officially opening O2’s Think Big Hub in Central London, where young people can develop their digital skills and improve their chances of getting on the career ladder. I hope to see more companies, both large and small, taking steps like O2 to help young people get the skills and confidence they need to prepare them for valuable future careers.”