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Helping Londoners get jobs in digital professions

Dubbed the fourth industrial revolution, digital advancements are sweeping across society, business, and education. A report from the Government’s Digital Economy Council shows that the UK Digital industry has expanded tenfold over the last 10 years, with venture capital investment in the sector growing from £1.3 billion in 2010 to £12 billion in 2020.

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Our partnership with employers, trade sector bodies, and strategic community partners create career development pathways for Londoners to secure jobs and build rewarding careers in areas such as cybersecurity, software development, and cloud development. We have supported more than 2,000 Londoners secure education and subsequently employment in the digital sector. Jobs that you could get into include:

  • IT and Essential Digital Skills
  • Software Engineer
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analyst
  • Digital Marketing
  • Cloud Management
  • UX/Web Design
  • Programming and Coding

The training through our Digital Academy Hub gives you a valuable insight into the careers available in the digital sector.

Our Facilities

All our students in the digital sector will have access to our world-class facilities including:

  • Classrooms and lecture theatres
  • Computer suites
  • Event, conference, and meeting rooms
  • Use of high spec digital media and IT equipment

Learn digital skills with employers, training providers, and trade-bodies

Dentsu, a digital marketing and data analytics communications company working with some of the largest brands in the UK, provides our Hub students with Good Work opportunities.

Digital Influx, the world’s first EdTech company to teach young people User Experience (UX) design, they support our cutting edge training and connecting with industry to provide pathways into the digital sector.

Verizon, a digital, telecoms and IT services provider, has committed to supporting our Hub with training and employment pathways and strategic support in training and advice.

Gigl is a tech start-up that has secured funding to develop further its free job app to find on-demand jobs, and supports with the development of key roles in the app tech space for Hub students.

techskills (part of Tech UK), represent some of the largest digital and IT sector employers in the UK, generates Good Work opportunities for our Hub students.

Profusion, specialists in AI and data analytics, have committed to offering Hub students progression opportunities, sharing best practice and industry intelligence.

Loving social media, is a digital marketing specialist, are committed to working with our Hub to generate career opportunities.

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01 Founders

01 Founders (part of Capital City College Group) offer a free-to-access Coding School with employment guarantee. The on-campus London school can successfully train a coding novice into a full-stack developer and will also provide you a pathway into a software development and programming role through its two-year course. The course consists of 18 months of training in development and support, and 6 months covering specialised training, such as augmented reality and artificial intelligence.

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A flexible and supportive approach to digital skills training

We provide free training opportunities and support packages to help you get a job in the digital sector. We do this by providing bespoke flexible programmes that fit around your circumstances and availability. Our aim is to give you the confidence and skills you need to be employable within 3 to 4 weeks, and a guaranteed job interview with an employer who is accredited with the Good Work Standard.

  • Short 2–3-week introductory courses
  • Online bitesize Learning from Level 2 to Level 6 qualifications
  • Masterclasses for in-demand roles, delivered in partnership with employers
  • Day and week-long bootcamps
  • Sector-based work combining training and work experience, leading to guaranteed interviews and employment.

You can also access a wide range of personal and ‘soft skills’ training, and individual support to address your barriers to training and employment:

  • Workshops in specific personal and employability skills, for example resilience, communication. 
  • Multiple step-on and step-off points for greater flexibility
  • Free additional courses up to Level 3 in a wide range of areas
  • Personal tutors
  • Mentoring 
  • Apprenticeships and work experience including pre-apprenticeships and pre-employment training 
  • Industry engagement and careers support sessions with employers
  • Work experience
  • Equipment
  • Help with job applications, writing your CV and cover letters

Student Testimonials

Andrico overcame the odds to become accepted onto a prestigious Digital Engineering Degree Apprenticeship with leading global financial firm Goldman Sachs. He came to the college with no relevant qualifications and struggled to gain a place in sixth form. At college, Andrico took an English and maths assessment and enrolled on a BTEC Level 3 in computing along with GCSE English and maths.

Andrico’s college tutors and support teams at Westminster Kingsway College noticed his tech-savviness and supported him every step of the way through his BTEC and the demanding application process for degree apprenticeship programmes. Andrico was a Deputy Student Governor and WestKing Digital Skills Ambassador. He undertook work experience and was also an active member of the college’s Early Careers Support Programme, which provides tailored support to students applying for higher apprenticeships. He was supported with one-to-one application guidance, employer taster and networking sessions, mock assessment centres, interview practice and apprenticeship fairs, as well as panel and guest speaker events.

Andrico achieved an impressive triple Distinction star grade and even turned down an offer from a Russell Group university and two other digital employers to join Goldman Sachs’s degree apprenticeship programme.

“WestKing is a great place to learn. [It] helped me to build relevant skills and knowledge and I was supported by my tutor and the wider teaching staff throughout. The college’s Careers and Employability Team also ran lots of events and programmes that helped develop my employability skills and supported me when applying for degree apprenticeships.”

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Empowering under-represented groups and low-income households

The training and employment available through the Mayor of London Academies Programme is tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of under-represented groups and low-income households, and addresses the entrenched and structural barriers that prevent these groups from accessing sustainable Good Work opportunities. These groups include

  • People from Black and ethnic minority groups
  • Women  
  • Unemployed people
  • People earning below the London living wage  
  • Young people  
  • Lone parents and people with caring responsibilities 
  • Disabled people 
  • People aged 50+

Mayor’s Academy Programme

The Mayor of London Academies Programme supports Londoners get into careers and the capital’s long-term economic growth as part of the Mayor’s London Recovery Plan in response to the COVID pandemic.

Westminster Kingsway College, as part of Capital City College Group (CCCG), has secured funding to run this academy.

In total, CCCG has secured £1.5 million to run four academy hubs to help Londoners into Good Work and reduce the employment gap between different groups of Londoners, this includes people who are newly unemployed as well as people facing inequality and who are underrepresented in each sector:

How to apply

All our courses are part of the academies. Choose a relevant course, and the Academy will then work with you to ensure you are able to access the course.

Courses include:

See our full list of WestKing courses here. If you are unsure of which study path to take, check out our level equivalence table.

Interested in joining our Digital Academy Hub? Contact us by filling in the form below.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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