London CLC podcast episode 7: Discussing our TechPathways London programme with Mark Martin aka @urban_teacher

This episode of our podcast looks at London’s digital industries and opportunities available to educators through our new TechPathways London project. Mark Martin (@urban_teacher) joined the conversation to give us some insights into how he works with industry to inspire his pupils.

Mark is perhaps better known to his 27,000 followers on Twitter as @urban-teacher; he’s also the co-founder of UK Black Tech, winner of the 2019 London Business Award…oh, and a computer science teacher in a Lambeth secondary school.

Listen as he shares his passion for connecting his students with digital careers and his commitment to bridging the awareness gap between young people in South London and the tech opportunities on offer locally, whether that’s the games industry or a bank looking for apprentices.

“Talent is everywhere. But the barrier is access and entry into these roles. Everyone needs to be in the room for these conversations. It’s common sense but to make it happen is a challenge,” says Mark.

Caitlin McMillan, TechPathways project coordinator, and Christian Turton, co-director of the London Connected Learning Centre, also discuss the digitisation of every career path and how having digital skills is an access point to a huge range of different jobs. The whole breadth of digital covers everything from animation to marketing, user experience to film and TV production It’s not just programming! They explain how TechPathways London aims to bridge the digital skills gap in London with the help of partners such as Google, IBM and the BFI and with free courses for educators.

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