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Agencies gain first pick of tech talent

The IPA is supporting Tech London 500, an initiative seeking to place the best of this year’s crop of school and college leavers into digital apprenticeships.


London-based agencies are being offered the opportunity to pledge a vacancy and have the first pick of digital talent leaving school and college in London this July. A pre-screened talent pool of 500 candidates, aged 16 plus, will be launched to the market by a consortium of apprenticeship providers under the banner of Tech London 500.

Tim Campbell from The Apprentice is championing the scheme and will be hosting a launch webinar at 4pm on Monday 27th July. Register now at:

Tuesday 28th July, sees the launch of a free telephone hotline from 8am, 0808-901-20-44 (Freephone) 0333-012-4842 (if using mobile). Digital hopefuls will be manning the service alongside their training providers.

The first 500 businesses to phone in will be eligible to apply for a free service to find candidates to fill apprenticeship positions in IT and digital marketing, (tech support, web/mobile design and development, video and social media) within just 2 to 6 weeks. The initiative will culminate in a complimentary speed networking event for all winners, at the invitation of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, at City Hall on 29th September.

The Tech London 500 talent drive for London issupported by Russ Shaw of Tech London Advocates, the GLA and the new tech portal Consortium members include Creative Pioneers™ London, IPA, BIMA, Just IT, Creative Skillset, CompTIA, Tech Partnership and BCS The Chartered Institute for IT.

Says Janet Hull, IPA Consortium rep, and Exec Director Creative Pioneers ™: “This is a great way to fast-track native digital talent into the industry, to support and underpin the digital transformation of our business offer.”

To join the webinar go to

To place a vacancy telephone the Tech London 500 hotline at 0808-901-20-44 (Freephone) 0333-012-4842 (if using mobile) from 8am Tuesday 28th July

To find out more go to or contact

Notes to editors

About the offer

The Tech London 500 initiative offers the first 500 eligible businesses

- instant access to a pool of selected work-ready candidates

- a free matching service

- support for both the apprentice and the employer before, during and after the apprenticeship.

Training will also be offered free to the employer in most cases (Level 3).

About Tech London Advocates

Tech London Advocates is a private sector led coalition of over 1,800 expert individuals from the tech sector and broader community who have committed to championing London’s potential as a world-class hub for tech and digital businesses. It strives to support London’s tech start-ups and high-growth businesses in finding new investment, new talent and continued success.

About the Consortium

Led by Creative Pioneers™ London, the consortium is a unique collaboration between:

- 5 industry associations with corporate and personal members: IPA, BIMA, CompTIA, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, South East London Chamber of Commerce

- 2 leading apprenticeship training providers: Just IT and Creative Pioneers London

- 2 leading sector skills councils: Creative Skillset and the Tech Partnership

Last updated 28/07/2015

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