Reading wins £125,000 for jobs app
Published: 30 Jul 2012 11:050 comments
READING Borough Council has been given £125,000 by O2 to develop a mobile phone app aimed at helping young people find work.
The app will be linked to social media websites and be targeted at young people aged 16 to 25 who are not in education, employment or training.
The local authority beat around 40 others with its successful bid for O2's Future Fund money.
The app will be developed with support from experts at the Slough-based company.
Education leader John Ennis said: "This is an excellent opportunity to give young people in Reading more tools in their job search in these difficult economic circumstances.
"I want to thank council officers for submitting this winning bid which will make a positive Impact in Reading."
ICT leader Jan Gavin added that the app will "utilise technology found in almost every young person's pocket" to maximise their chances of finding a job or training.