Inspired to Aspire Digital

BNY Mellon and Salford Foundation have developed a project that equips young people, aged 8 to 19, with skills and experiences found in the digital industries.

The project provides a range of opportunities for young people, including skills days and business facing workshops. In addition, some young people will be given the opportunity to be involved in a mentoring scheme with an employee from a digital role.

The new project is responding to its funder’s global philanthropic objectives:

  • To expand digital literacy access to allow for enhanced livelihood and employment opportunities.
  • To promote pathways to technology careers for youth (aged 16-24) through education, training, skills building, internships and mentoring.
  • To invest in education and curricula that focuses on developing the workforce of the future or supports the re-training, re-skilling or re-tooling of people.

The project is split into three sections; each tier offers a range of different workshops and sessions aimed at different age groups to improve young people’s skills and generate interest in the digital sector.

Lego Robots

Suitable for students aged 8-13
Lego Robots is a new and exciting one day programme that will encourage young people to work in teams, problem solve and develop their coding knowledge. The programme will allow young people to work through a series of tasks that make their Lego Robot come to life. It aims to introduce young people to code and show them about how digital will be part of their lives and future careers.

Targeted Digital Workshops

Suitable for students aged 16-19
The Foundation will work with relevant businesses to develop a series of workshops which give an insight into the range of careers in technology industries and the role and impact of digital in other employment sectors. Workshops will be delivered by sector professionals in the business environment, supported by Foundation staff. We will work with local FE colleges to identify cohorts of students (16+) on relevant courses of study who would benefit most from participating.

Targeted Mentoring

Suitable for students aged 16-19
Through participation in the Targeted Digital Workshops, a small cohort of individuals will be identified for bespoke coaching and mentoring. The Foundation will work with relevant businesses to identify and train specialist coaches/mentors to broker and manage the relationships with young people aged 16+. The mentoring will begin as a digital relationship using an e-mentoring platform. However, it is hoped that this will lead to bite-size chunks of bespoke work shadowing or work experience.

What people are saying

"I enjoyed my experience on NCS because I was challenged by myself and others around me. I had a lot of inspiration to carry on and do better. I mixed with people from different backgrounds."

"Without Salford Foundation's support I'd be homeless. You've changed my life and I would never be able to continue my studies without your help."

"Coming here has changed my life around for the better. It has helped me stop offending by looking at why I did it in the first place and helping get things sorted out."

"I am now much more confident in my schoolwork and I listen more and my organisational skills are getting better each day."

"You would not believe the difference coming to Salford Foundation has made. I was sitting in my house, not speaking to anyone for days. My life has changed for the better. I have a life again."

"I can now start living my life again and not be afraid to open my front door. Thank you so much."

"Thank you so much for going above and beyond for my child. Your help and support has helped make such a difference in her life in such a small amount of time. I am truly grateful."

If you would like to find more about how you can get involved in our Inspired to Aspire Digital programmes, please get in touch.

Toby Carson

Digital Education Coordinator

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