News | Apr 8, 2021

Blue Prism Mentors Young People for a Digital Future

Blue Prism Mentors Young People for a Digital Future

Partnership with EY Foundation offers a 10-month mentoring program to students from low-income backgrounds

LONDON, AUSTIN TX – April 8, 2021 — Blue Prism® is collaborating with young people charity, the EY Foundation, for a second year to help students from low-income backgrounds develop the skills they need to succeed in the tech sector.

While it’s predicted that automation will result in a net increase of 58 million jobs, the digital skills gap widens globally, leaving a greater need for young people to embrace digital learning. Blue Prism’s work with the EY Foundation highlights that these promising job prospects should be available to all young people. Given that a majority of these jobs are set to be higher-skilled, it’s imperative that businesses and institutions prepare people for higher-skilled jobs and give students from less advantaged backgrounds, especially, access to the education and tools to progress within this exciting sector.

In April, 10 young people will join the 10-month Tech Smart Futures program and through paid work experience with Blue Prism they will have the opportunity to gain a variety of transferable skills. They will also receive guidance and advice from a mentor throughout, helping them to identify their next steps in education.

What we are trying to do is begin breaking down the barriers for young people, specifically from minority communities, to get into tech and ensure the benefits of automation can be enjoyed by everyone.”
Matt Juden-Bloomfield Head of Automation & Transformation and Global For Good Lead, Blue Prism

Through the continued collaboration with the EY Foundation, Blue Prism will build a more diverse workforce and gain a deeper understanding of how to attract and retain young talent. Not only will this set up local students for success in the workplace, but it will also prepare Blue Prism to serve its increasingly diverse customer base.

Thank you EY Foundation and Blue Prism for the two-week placement. This has been an amazing, fulfilling and invaluable experience which has developed me as a person and put me on the next step towards my goal.”
Declan Former Participant, EY Foundation Tech Smart Futures Program
Last year’s Smart Future program was an incredible experience. We saw first-hand the passion and drive these young people had to learn about the future of work and automation. This year we’re back, providing training to young people to gain the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow’s tech sector.”
Matt Juden-Bloomfield Head of Automation & Transformation and Global For Good Lead, Blue Prism
It’s fantastic to be working with Blue Prism again and we are looking forward to building this program with more tech organisations over the coming months, to make a positive impact on young people and tech employers. In the UK, roles in technology are expected to grow significantly, so this relationship will help ensure the young people we support access the jobs of the future.”
Lynne Peabody Acting CEO, EY Foundation

Technology companies who would like to find out more about the Tech Smart Futures program should contact the Acting Head of Business Development, Kathryn Eastwood, [email protected].

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