Published On: 12th July 2022

Birkbeck, London’s Evening University is awarded The Access Foundation’s largest grant to date

Birkbeck, which is part of the University of London, has been awarded £282,910 over three years to support a brand-new digital careers programme, focused on combatting inequality of access to careers in tech.

The programme will build pathways to digital careers, including Birkbeck’s mature and part-time students, with a particular focus on those who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and are underrepresented in the tech sector.

Since Dr George Birkbeck founded the institution in 1823, Birkbeck’s mission has remained unchanged; to provide flexible evening teaching to working people from all walks of life. They are tube drivers, nurses, lawyers, parents, asylum seekers, bankers, grandparents, researchers, carers and more.

Birkbeck offers a unique style of higher education with courses designed to help learners balance work and other commitments while they study. Classes are in the evenings between 6 and 9pm and interactive online learning materials can be accessed on campus, at home, work, or on the move.

Birkbeck provides opportunities for a huge range of students, including mature learners , part-time studiers, and those from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. Their model of evening study allows many to gain access to the life-changing opportunities of a Birkbeck education alongside work and other commitments.

Access to the Digital Careers Programme will provide vital opportunities for students to develop the digital skills they need. Led by a new dedicated staff member, the programme will support students to gain Microsoft credentials, provide micro-placements to allow students to gain hands on experience and deliver expert bootcamps and workshops.

The programme will ensure that talented students are equipped with the digital skills they need for the world of work, thus helping to bridge the digital divide.

“This programme will equip our students with the digital expertise they need to succeed in digital careers”

Eleanor Martin, Head of Career Services said:

Thanks to the Access Foundation’s support we are delighted to be able to offer this vital programme that includes digital training, micro-placements and sector-specific employer-led careers events. This programme will equip our students with the digital expertise they need to succeed in digital careers.