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Government pledges to train 100,000 British tech entrepreneurs

31 May 2013
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The UK government has teamed with private industry to train 100,000 new tech entrepreneurs, announcing its Make Things Do Stuff campaign.

The initiative was announced by chancellor George Osborne in London on Friday. It will see the government team up with several big name companies including Mozilla, Facebook and O2  to teach young people how to create, not just use technology.

The campaign will focus mainly on training young people to create apps and websites. Participating companies will run workshops for school children on the subject. Games Britannia has already committed to run three-days of free digital making workshops for 800 school children by 15 September.

"A new website and series of UK-wide events will provide young people with access to digital tutorials covering apps, animation, games, remixes, physical computing and websites. A core feature of the campaign is the belief that one of the best ways to learn is by making something, whether that's an app, game, website or digital fashion," said Osborne.

Osborne said the initiative will further the government's ongoing bid to bolster the UK's technology industry, re-establishing it as a global innovator in the sector. "Over the past few years, the UK's digital economy has boomed. But we cannot take this success story for granted. The government is investing in our digital infrastructure and putting computer science at the heart of the curriculum. And I am delighted to be launching the ‘Make Things Do Stuff' campaign today," he said.

"By offering digital training to 100,000 youngsters in the coming months alone, this campaign is backing the entrepreneurs of the future and helping ensure that Britain is equipped to succeed in the global race."

The initiative is one of many initiatives working to train the next generation of tech entrepreneurs. Most recently PayPal co-creator Peter Thiel offered British teen Andrew Brackin £67,000 to help create new tech company, Bunchy, as a part of the 2013 Thiel Fellowship.

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Alastair Stevenson
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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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