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Council supports a new generation of Digital Entrepreneurs

Council supports a new generation of Digital Entrepreneurs

Thu, June 14, 2018

A new Digital Youth programme for young entrepreneurs has been launched across the Causeway Coast and Glens.

Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and facilitated by Young Enterprise, the programme aims to inform young people about future careers and opportunities within the digital sector.

As the digital industry in Northern Ireland grows, the requirement for suitably qualified professionals, graduates and students continues to be a challenge. Within the Digital Youth programme, Council hopes to enhance the relevance and use of digital skills and improve employability in this key growth area.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “We recognise the need to enhance digital opportunities and give students the confidence to consider careers in digital technologies. This programme will be rolled out in post primary schools across the Borough over the next 12 months and will provide students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience of current technologies. It will complement the numerous good examples of digital education already on offer in local schools.”

Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise NI, added “We are delighted to be working with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council on this Digital Youth initiative. It demonstrates that Council understands the importance of investing in the skills development of young people in the local community, in order to address the skills gap that some businesses face. We look forward to showcasing the importance that digital skills can play in employability and success”.

The programme will conclude with a Digital Showcase event, featuring digital projects developed by participating students.

For further information contact Bronagh.mccauley@yeni.co.uk

Pictured at the launch of a new Digital youth programme with The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Brenda Chivers are Mrs Clare Kelly, Dalriada Grammar, Martin Clark, Business Development Manager, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Jane Hanna, Young Enterprise, Carol Fitzsimmons MBE, Young Enterprise Chief Executive, Bridget Mc Caughan, Economic Development Officer, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Mr John Devlin, Dalriada Grammar and Year 11 pupils from Dalriada Grammar in Ballymoney.


The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Brenda Chivers pictured with Year 11 pupils from Dalriada Grammar School in Ballymoney and Carol Fitzsimmons MBE, Young Enterprise Chief Executive.