23 May 2018

UKFast digital challenge Girlguiding badgeFor more than a decade, we’ve been committed to transforming tech education. There is a finite amount that schools can do with the funding that they have, to fill that gap businesses simply have to step in.

There is no denying that teachers are doing all that they can to bridge the skills gap, but young people are not leaving traditional education with the skills they need to thrive in the digital workplace. It’s that simple.

That’s one of the reasons I am so proud that we’re launching a new UKFast digital challenge badge with Girlguiding. When you think of guides, traditionally, digital topics would not spring to mind. My wife and UKFast co-founder Gail remembers her first badge being Homemaker.

The digital badge

It’s perfect timing to launch the new badge: the Girlguiding programme undergoes an evolution this year to reflect our changing society. The badge is designed to focus specifically on STEM learning and bring hands-on activities relevant for a digital world to the Guides.

We’re literally putting the technology into their hands with coding workshops, digital parties and we’ve overseen the creation of the badge’s content too. Sparking an interest in technology at an early age is essential to encourage more people to take up digital careers in the future.

What’s fascinating to me is that the badge also includes educating young people on fake news too. Being able to identify what is real news and what is misinformation is an essential skills in our modern world. It’s all too easy to fall foul of rumours and faked stories.

It’s exciting to give the girls a taste of our digital world and to show them what a career in tech could mean for them. I can’t wait to hear how they get on.

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