Unemployment, particularly among youth, remains tragically high within the UK. We have found that many jobseekers already have valuable web skills that could be of real value to organisations, so we have launched a social programme to provide opportunities for disadvantaged jobseekers to work on paid projects and gain the skills and experience they need to secure long term employment.
A big welcome to Rami, our first youth participant, who has already begun working with us on various projects! His first client was United Nations Women, who commissioned Aha Design to create a website for their conference Single But Not Alone, which was very well received. Rami has also proven his skills as a trainer, contributing to the development and delivery of a web development course for other jobseekers, for East London charity ELATT Connected Learning. We look forward to continue working closely with him!
"Many in our society ‘talk’ about the increasing number of unemployed and disenfranchised young people, and of the potential for a ‘lost generation’. Aha's pragmatic and imaginative way of engaging with our homeless and marginalised 16-24 year olds is proving a ‘win win’ solution for both the young people and the marketplace. Thank you Aha for having the social conscience and creativity to set up this very special project."
Jeanita Snowdon, Employment and Training Officer, Cardinal Hume Centre
"We’re delighted to collaborate with Aha Design on joint projects that train and empower disadvantaged people to find work or establish their own freelancer enterprises. Aha’s experience in the web industry and passion for social equality complements our own vision for offering skills that change lives.”
Anthony Harmer, Chief Executive of ELATT Connected Learning
"What is most exciting about Aha Design’s project is that they are tackling the well-known, persistent issue of youth unemployment from tan unusual and innovative angle: by supporting already skilled young people from particularly vulnerable backgrounds to get up –and-running in real jobs in the real economy. Following proof of concept in Member State, expansion across the EU will follow and I am confident the impact will be significant. It is a very simple idea and very smart.”
Stephen Collins, VP Corporate Affairs of EMEA for Microsoft