Samsung partners with Prince's Trust to kill UK digital skills gap

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ITProPortal headed down to south London today for the official opening of Samsung's Digital Classroom at the Prince's Trust centre in Kennington.

The South Korean superpower wants to throw its weight behind the charity's existing Fairbridge initiative, which is designed to improve the basic skills of underprivileged individuals below the age of 16 and boost their future job prospects.

Samsung will be providing the centre with a range of devices and services, as well as teacher training and maintenance support, in an attempt to boost young people's exposure to the latest technologies and enhance the teacher-led learning experience.

"We strongly believe that technology has the ability to change people's lives and we are fully committed to helping young people unlock their learning potential through technology," said Andy Griffiths, the president of Samsung UK.

Stories claiming that the UK's youth severely lacks the necessary levels of digital skills required to adequately fill open vacancies in the IT sector have dominated the headlines in recent months. In partnership with the Prince's Trust, Samsung says it wants to make such articles a thing of the past, by bridging this so-called "digital skills gap".

"We're delighted to be opening the Digital Classroom at our Kennington Centre today," said Martina Milburn, the chief executive of the Prince's Trust.

"Samsung has been a very close partner over the last two years and this is another step towards our goal of embedding digital and STEM skills across all of our programmes."

ITProPortal will soon be speaking with Nat Hawley, a student who recently won the Prince's Trust's Educational Achiever of the Year award, after he overcame financial difficulties, autism, dyslexia and numerous other distressful events to turn his life around with digital skills. Watch this space.