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We’re supporting a ground breaking, digital skills programme.

FastFutures is a digital and personal skills programme, coaching education leavers on workplace skills.

The aim of the programme is to help leavers secure part or full-time employment. The first 12-week programme launches on the 17th August with 1,000 free places. 

The programme is designed to appeal to and prioritise underrepresented groups and help address inequalities across the workforce.

The skills and experience programme bridges the transition for young people from education to employment, empowering them with the business, technology, data, finance and personal life skills that UK employers like ourselves need to create opportunities for this generation.

The programme will be an important part of the national effort to support the country’s COVID-19 economic and productivity recovery, bridging the gap between education and employment.

FastFutures will provide a bridge from education to career opportunities, with a programme specifically designed to develop the skills most valued by employers, both today and in the years to come.

The UK has never seen a greater demand, for digital skills, which range from data analytics to digital marketing. FastFutures will help to solve this critical shortage, preparing individuals as companies accelerate to a digital workplace. .

Successful applicants will learn practical, business-focused skills via a 12-week programme, alongside digital visits to our workplaces they’ll enjoy coaching and mentoring from our experts. Modules include a practical business project, the role of data in a commercial setting, marketing, the importance of teamwork, and a basic understanding of finance. Online modules will be taught through set weekly learning hours, in addition to collaborative workshops, group projects and seminars, all using Avado’s connected learning platform.

The collective support from companies like ours will enable any individual to apply regardless of circumstance and background.

Our Founder and CEO said, “Talent is evenly distributed but opportunity isn’. Covid has widened that gulf. We know young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have fewer life chances and being digitally disconnected compounds disadvantage. It’s easy to talk social mobility but harder to create initiatives that make a difference, so I’m delighted AO is taking a leading role in the ambitious work of Fast Futures. With working remotely the new normal and more customers than ever choosing online, equipping youngsters with digital and business skills they don’ get at school will help them secure quality jobs that are vital to economic recovery.”