George Osborne has touted the opening of Facebook's first offices outside the US in London as another major boon to the growing technology scene in the capital.
Speaking at the official opening of Facebook's first engineering centre outside of the US, Osborne said the new Covent Garden-based hub "is a vindication of all we've been trying to do to get the world's leading tech companies to come and do their business here in London".
"We take this [Facebook's engineering centre] as a vote of confidence in our capital city and our country, and it reflects the attractiveness of our city as a place to do business," he added.
"We are frankly being quite determined in our effort to bring over the biggest tech companies like Facebook and encourage those new start-ups tech companies to do so here in Britain. We are doing that by ensuring you can find the talented people you need."
Osborne said that there is a huge and fast-growing demand for people with the skills to work for firms like Facebook and the government has taken some "dramatic action" with the new school curriculum in this country to do so.
"We have relighted the ICT curriculum so instead of pupils just learning how to operate Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint, they are also being taught how to code and build apps and hopefully that will mean over the next years people coming out of our schools are equipped with the computer skills needed to flourish in the twenty first century."
Osborne added that the government's plans to hire more teachers with ICT backgrounds to teach children programming skills will help the next generation to learn code and work at companies like Facebook.
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