Concept Cupboard, the online marketplace connecting businesses with student and graduate creatives, has today announced their intention to launch a sister site Coding Cupboard.
Coding Cupboard will match businesses with talented student and graduate developers. The new site will help to bridge the digital skills gap and help more businesses get online.
The mission of both sites is to improve the ‘work-readiness’ of students, by giving them commercial experience and an opportunity to earn while they learn through online freelance projects.
This issue of ‘work-readiness’ is becoming increasingly serious for countries across Europe. Indeed, recent studies from UKCES, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, showed that almost a third of employer’s considered inexperience as a key reason not to hire a young person.
Adam Ball, General Manager says: ‘It’s our mission to help young people close the gap between academia and the workplace and ultimately to become ‘work ready’. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the coming launch of Coding Cupboard, a marketplace connecting businesses with the best coding talent. Working closely with businesses will allow our coders to gain useful, commercial experience.
With soaring levels of youth unemployment, one in five in the UK currently, and the pressure on the entrepreneurial, private sector to revive the economy, it makes absolute sense to match-make creatives and coders with businesses so that both can grow. In addition, Coding Cupboard recognises the fact that we are going through a digital revolution and that the current skills gap in the economy desperately needs addressing’.
Simon Devonshire, co-founder of Concept Cupboard and European director of Telefonica’s Wayra says: ‘European youth employment currently stands at 23.5% and I firmly believe something needs to be done to halt this growing crisis. We can’t let that much talent simply go to waste. And neither can we expect businesses to grow and flourish without digital capability and affordable marketing. We’re passionate about solving this critical issue.
Ambitious businesses can now afford bright marketing ideas and can grow their online business without cumbersome costs. Meanwhile, creatives and coders earn, learn and become work-ready. It’s a perfect match with benefits on both sides’.
The initiative is supported by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT which will work with Coding Cupboard to help students apply professional standards around areas such as testing, security and project management.
Anil Hansjee, Chair of BCS Entrepreneurs explained: “As the Chartered Institute for IT, we’re keen to ensure that we encourage those students who are keen coders to understand the career opportunities open to them, including the option of becoming an entrepreneur. We are pleased to support entrepreneurs like Adam and we are looking forward to working together as strategic partners in the months ahead.”
Coding Cupboard will be launching in Autumn this year and will sit alongside Concept Cupboard under the broader umbrella brand Talent Cupboard.
For further information please contact Adam Ball (General Manager) on 07412 550365 or email@example.com
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Notes to editors
• Concept Cupboard launched on February 1st 2011 and was set up by Guy McConnell, Julie Cheetham & Simon Devonshire. To find out more about the founders visit www.conceptcupboard.com/about-us
• Concept Cupboard has won multiple awards to date including being named part of the Accelerate 250, Smarta 100, Startups Top 100, Red Bull Future 50 & others.
• Simon and Guy are also founders of One Water, the not-for-profit bottled water company that has brought clean drinking water to 1.5m people in Africa • Find us on social mediao Twitter: www.twitter.com/conceptcupboard or @ConceptCupboard o Facebook: www.facebook.com/conceptcupboard o YouTube: www.youtube.com/conceptcupboard
Youth unemployment statistics•
European youth unemployment for EU27 at 23.5% in April 2013. Source: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/3-31052013-BP/EN/3-31052013-BP-EN.PDF•
UK youth unemployment currently stands at 20.5% for 16-24 year olds. Source: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_312067.pdf•
UKCES: Scaling the youth unemployment challenge http://www.ukces.org.uk/publications/scaling-the-youth-employment-challenge