O2 Think Big invests in young people’s digital skills through a central London support hub

21 Mar 2014

A 3,000+ square foot Think Big Hub opened its doors to young people in central London last night. The space will welcome 3,000 young people in its first year, helping them to develop their digital, entrepreneurial and work skills.

The National Youth Agency is the lead partner on the Think Big social action programme, and Fiona Blacke CEO, was invited to speak at the launch.

Fiona said, “This is an inspirational space, and I think it will inspire thousands of young people to be the best they can be. Given the right opportunity young people are just great – creative, brave & up for the challenge.

“Think Big is a brilliant corporate responsibility programme. That is down to the leadership of O2’s Ronan Dunne, the commitment of colleagues and particularly to the amazing talent of the apprentice team who support young people so effectively and go the extra mile to help.

“This space is special because it will enable our young apprentices to inspire thousands of young people to develop their own digital and work skills.”

Ronan Dunne, O2 CEO, said, “This week we’ve seen another gloomy report about the true scale of youth unemployment. This is an enormous waste of potential. As the first generation to have grown up with the internet, today’s young people possess valuable digital skills and capabilities that businesses of all sizes need to thrive in today’s digital age.

“This is why we have launched the Think Big Hub – a new space in the heart of London’s Silicon Roundabout aimed at helping young people improve their digital skills and gain practical careers advice.

“But, if the UK is to make a significant difference, then other businesses must follow suit. This doesn’t need to be in the form of a large-scale investment – it can be as simple as offering quality work experience to help a young person get that all important first foot on the career ladder or entrusting a recent school leaver to help develop your social media strategy. All contributions are encouraged, because in order to truly capitalise on the UK’s latent digital talent, all businesses must play their part.”

Watch the Think Big Hub being built and a film of the evening’s action.