Utilising skills People with autism spectrum disorders have unique talents particularly suited to the IT marketplace, but in the UK, these skills currently go untapped. Specialisterne aims to change this by creating a bridge between ASD people with and employers that can benefit from their skills.
Employers gain skilled IT professionals that also help them meet their corporate social responsibility goals, whilst carrying out skilled work boosts ASD sufferers’ financial independence, their confidence and self-worth.
Task Squad to help young people access short-term work via mobile app.
Accessing work The current economic climate is having a disproportionate impact on young people: with 21%, or 1M 16-24 year olds, without work. vInspired research shows only 22% of young people have used ‘traditional’ temping agencies. 50% have found work online and are prepared to use new solutions to find work, and 72% are interested in using a mobile app to find work.
The Winchester Project launches an anti-poverty initiative in the London Borough of Camden - creating a suite of digital resources to enable professional service providers to better support children and young people
An innovative crowd-funding platform from Participle enables local residents to invest in thriving local businesses and connects local businesses to skilled and motivated people that can power their growth.
With a million young people out of work, a contracting economy and a Government looking to small businesses for job creation, the need for new solutions has never been more critical.
So last week Dan Sutch and I were lucky enough to be invited by the wonderful Giulio Quaggiotto and Denisa Papayova over at the UNDP in Bratislava to give a presentation on technology can support digital inclusion, and particuarly econimic inclusion, for young people. You can see our slides here
Addressing this question first means understanding the changing context of participation in employment. We drew on some research from our recent State of the Art Review on Employment and the Internet to give a sense underlying influences we should be aware of:
The Design Council in partnership with Nominet Trust have just launched the Working Well Design Challenge. Designers and youth organisations are being invited to join forces to design, build and launch new digital products and services that help young people develop their talents and earn a living.