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O2 and Young Enterprise to tackle tech ‘skills gap’ with new schools initiative

Operator’s ‘Think Big Schools’ scheme aims to get 14- to 18-year-olds ‘workplace ready’

O2 has said it is taking steps to bridge the technology skills gap in the UK by teaching 14- to 18-year-olds how to write computer code and pitch business ideas.

Speaking in London earlier this month, O2 CEO Ronan Dunne (pictured) said the operator’s recently launched ‘Think Big Schools’ initiative, which kicked off in April, is an opportunity for the company to ensure the next generation is workplace-ready.

The national programme, which sees O2 partner with Young Enterprise, a national charity founded to link schools to industry, will involve 3,000 school and college students taking part in two-day workshops.

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