Steve McCabe MP praises new local Microsoft IT Hub for young people in Birmingham

Steve McCabe MP has praised the introduction of a brand new local IT Hub designed to help young people in Birmingham improve their IT skills.

Steve attended the launch of the new Microsoft IT Hub at the Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs, a local charity that raises funds to support young people, youth clubs and youth organisations in Birmingham. The Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs was selected from 160 national applicants to be one of 35 UK Youth Microsoft Regional IT Hubs and was chosen to represent the West Midlands region. The IT Hubs provide free access to computers and accessible, enjoyable software to engage a wide range of young people with differing interests and needs.

The IT Hub is driven by young people, for young people in line with the Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs’ ethos of creating positive change for young people and the communities they live in. The IT Hub will aim to train young people to become peer educators in digital literacy and inspire young people to seek a career in technology. In each hub, three young people are trained to become ‘IT Champions’ with a view to helping up-skill other young people, all of whom have limited access to technology. The Microsoft Youth Hubs will ensure that over 2500 young people across the UK get direct access to IT resources and knowledge that will help them learn about online safety as well as essential work and life skills.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“I am really pleased that the Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs was selected to deliver such a great model of digital learning and online safety in my constituency. Birmingham has an above average rate of youth unemployment and in a world that is increasingly dominated by digital technology I think that this local resource is fantastic in terms of training young people to get the IT skills that many workplaces require these days.”

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