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Code4000 wins Vodafone Techstarter Award

Code4000 has won one of the inaugural Vodafone Techstarter awards, which recognise ventures developing technology solutions with a social purpose. We are so honoured to have been selected to receive this award.

 

In addition to a share of the prize fund, we will benefit from access to industry and technology expertise from Vodafone and Social Tech Trust.

 

The event was attended by our COO, Tariq, Regional Director, Miranda, and Curriculum and Volunteer manager, Tasmin. Pink Umbrella Studios, founded by a Code4000 graduate, was also in attendance.

 

This experience has helped us share the impact that Code4000 has, not just on offenders, but on society as a whole. The support offered by Vodafone will have an immeasurable impact on Code4000. It will allow us to teach even more offenders how to code, help place them in careers and bring an end to the cycle of crime that will change their lives.

 

 

 

Code 4000 is exactly the kind of pioneering partnership that we need to encourage. It brings together prisons, businesses and teachers to address the country's demand for digital skills and local regeneration, and giving prisoners relevant employment and a new future.

PAMELA DOW
Chief Reform Officer, Catch 22

To give ex-offenders the confidence and skills they will need to get a job - and critically keep it - we need to engage prisoners in work experience and training in custody which accurately reflects the employment market in the communities they will return to. For the first time Code 4000 gives those in our custody the opportunity to engage in a training programme to become the ‘coders’ of the future.

JASON SWETTENHAM
Head of Public Sector Prison Industries, HMPPS

Having been deeply impressed after visiting The Last Mile prison rehabilitation program at San Quentin Prison in San Francisco in 2013, I was delighted to be introduced to Michael Taylor, who had aspirations to create a similar programme in the UK. Since that time, Michael has shown vision, creativity and tenacity in launching Code4000 at HMP Humber. I hope that he will continue to receive the support from the prison estate to extend this vital initiative across the country.

ANDREW DIXON
CEO, Arc InterCapital

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