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November
2012
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Making the Most of Tech City - have your say.

A meeting is being held to consider what opportunities there are for local residents to benefit from the growth of the new technology sector in Hackney.

Councillors will meet with local experts to consider how apprenticeships are offered for local pupils, and what skills pupils are being taught to prepare them for jobs in the sector.

The meeting will be held at Hackney UTC, the first University Technical College in London that brings the teaching of skills and academic subjects under one roof. The event is on 11th December at 7pm, and is open to all.

The discussion is part of a scrutiny review called ‘Making the Most of Tech City’. This will take evidence from local employers in the technology sector and education providers, and will consider what students need to enter into the industry. The review will make recommendations about how the council can support this work.

Cllr Williams, Chair of the Commission, said “This is a great opportunity for education providers and employers to consider how they can work together to encourage young people into the industry, to harness the potential workforce on their doorstep”.

Annie Blackmore, Principal of Hackney UTC, said  "Our students and their parents are already on board with our digital industry-led curriculum.  We are actively working with Tech City companies and we are organising a series of exciting events, such as our recent Tech Heads day to encourage other local schools to get involved."

The Commission’s report will be published in February 2013. For more information visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/scrutiny or telephone: 020 8356 3341.

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Notes for Editors
Scrutiny Commissions are made up of Councillors from all political parties who investigate issues of local concern. Reviews are evidence-based and non-political. 

The Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission considers issues including crime and safety, community development, social inclusion, the voluntary sector and lifelong learning.