Software giant Sage Group UK Ltd has partnered with an online platform designed to showcase student skills and improve career choices.
After a successful pilot launch with Teesside Learning Trust in partnership with Tees Valley Combined Authority, Sage is the latest organisation to utilise globalbridge – a platform that allows students to showcase their diverse set of skills and engage with businesses in an online environment.
Launched late last year by former teacher Ben Mason, the Newcastle based globalbridge has already agreed national deals with employers and universities, as well as Middlesbrough Council who are looking for new ways to help students understand what skills are needed to flourish in the modern world.
globalbridge is now building relationships with government, education, Digital Union and business leaders and is well on its way to help fulfil its ambition of helping plug both the North East and UK's skills gap.
Ben Mason said: “We're delighted to have signed up another high-profile business in the form of Sage Group. The response to our platform has been nothing short of amazing. I'm very passionate about education and career aspiration, and through working with regional authorities our goal is to see every educational establishment and every business in the country digitally connected, with the North East at the forefront.
“The recent careers strategy released by the Department for Education has identified that careers advice within education needs improving. It also needs consistency across educational establishments. Employers and universities want to find talent earlier but are struggling to find the best way to engage with schools and students. Universities equally have a priority to recruit. The traditional way of travelling up and down the country to careers fairs to attract students is outdated. A safe digital platform is the best way to identify future opportunities but also to allow equal opportunity for all.”
Even though globalbridge has confirmed it has aspirations to roll out its service on a national scale the company has made the active decision to resource the opportunity it has in the North East first.
Ben Mason, added: “We are passionate about the region. Many of our staff, investors and board of directors are from the local area and we want to build this here first before moving into all areas of the UK.
“There's a huge opportunity for the region to lead with this digital platform. Career aspiration, social mobility, improving the skills shortage, connecting talent with opportunity – let’s inspire the generation of tomorrow.”
globalbridge is a valued member of Digital Union. Powered by Generator, Digital Union is the largest collective of digital businesses in the region with the aim to connect all creative, digital and tech companies and encourage collaboration rather than competition.