Digital Native UK, one of the latest companies to join the thriving Innovation Birmingham Campus, has entered a new phase of growth to expand its bespoke learning and development solutions and widen the range of individuals getting into the tech industry. 

Now in its fifth operational year, the tech and digital apprenticeship provider relocated to the UK’s largest campus dedicated to digital technology companies in May, previously calling Digbeth’s Custard Factory home. 

Offering a range of Level 3, Level 4 and Degree apprenticeship programmes, Digital Native is dedicated exclusively to bespoke tech apprenticeships in software, data and digital disciplines. 

Through its tailored package of training options, Digital Native UK is supporting employers to challenge traditional resourcing stereotypes in the tech industry. Martin Stilgoe, Director and Co-Founder at Digital Native UK said:

“We’re looking to expand the number of employers we’re working with and our 1-2-1 coaching model means our provision meets the development needs of a wide range of individuals from school leavers and graduates to existing employees. Apprenticeships also provide a great way to increase the diversity and demographics of those working in the tech sector.

“Given how we’re operating with both ambitious SMEs and established national employers, the environment in which we are based is vital to the success of the business, especially when considering factors such as winning new business and showcasing our operations to stakeholders. We are delighted to call the Innovation Birmingham Campus home. Being surrounded by likeminded aspirational companies can only be a positive thing for Digital Native UK.”

Taking up an office in Innovation Birmingham’s Faraday Wharf building, the apprenticeship provider is now integrated into a community of over 1000 techies, sitting alongside over 160 other digital technology businesses. 

Comprising a team of eight specialists from across the tech and education sectors, Digital Native UK maintains its position as one of the early adopters of the new apprenticeship standards and the first to successfully support apprentices to complete the challenging L4 data analyst apprenticeship.  

Following a recent rebrand, the apprenticeship specialist is now seeking to work with likeminded tech employers and increase diversity in the sector. Martin added:

“We know that schools have little to no experience in tech, and from providing specialist training in the area for five years we’ve seen how the tech industry is typically being made up of young men who like tech, we want to change that and make tech accessible for all types of people.  Working in the tech industry is mostly sold to young people in the wrong way, and we are here to change this.” 

Digital Native UK is now planning to launch a series of challenge days, encouraging young people from all backgrounds, genders and interests to get “hands-on” with learning and applying technological skills, raising awareness around the types of jobs available to young people. 

Submitted on 03/07/2018