TechPathways London was a two-year project, ending in 2021, designed to bridge the gap between the digital skills acquired in education and those required by London’s digital and creative industries. It offered a programme of free training for educators working with young people aged 11-24. Funded as part of the Mayor of London's Digital Talent programme, the project was a collaboration between the Connected Learning Centre, part of Education Development Trust, and Queen Mary University of London.
TechPathways London sought to help educators to develop their digital skills and to increase knowledge of, and access to, London’s diverse and growing digital sectors. Working closely with industry partners across London's digital and cultural sectors, the programme provided those working with young people the tools to support the skills development required to succeed in the modern workforce. The project resources helped educators improve their own digital skills and better understand the digital careers landscape that their young people are entering. In doing so, we ensured that the guidance shared with their young people is relevant, informed and up-to-date. Armed with this knowledge, London’s young people are able to make more informed choices about digital training and careers, setting themselves up for success.
Project resources on the website techpathways.london included:
Over the course of the project, we worked with 986 London educators from 637 organisations. We engaged with educators through short courses, in-depth courses, briefs and events, including 53 unique live/in-person events (with an average live event rating 5.58 out of 6), as well as 19 online courses and 7 challenge briefs, which remain available for participants to access online until April 2023.
We also built up a network of industry experts who shared their knowledge and advice in courses, briefs and 23 interviews, in which they shared their paths to success and the digital skills that have got them there.
TechPathways London was highlighted as an EdTech 50 organisation, an accolade that recognised its "massive scope".
The resources on the TechPathways London website will remain live until April 2023 so educators will still be able to access industry interviews, challenge briefs and online courses.
Our project partners at Queen Mary University London have written a research paper on one of the TechPathways courses, ‘Introduction to programming pedagogy for IT professionals’. It has been submitted to a computer science education conference and the QMUL team hopes that the work will be cascaded onwards by those who read our research and those who attended the professional development sessions, enabling TechPathways London to continue to improve the teaching and learning of digital skills for young people – both in London and across the world.