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Oscar Williams

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Google opens digital skills academy in London

Google has transformed a 40,000 square foot office in central London into a new digital skills academy.

The centre is dedicated to educating school children, charities, chief executives and civil servants in an attempt to close the skills gap.

Located in existing Google office space on Buckingham Palace Road, the academy has a Brighton theme, with a promenade, beach and electric cinema.

Ronan Harris, Google’s UK managing director, said: “London’s ambition to grow, harness new technologies, and build the brightest and best companies has been a constant over the last decade.

“It’s fantastic to welcome London Tech Week to Google’s new Academy to discuss how we can ensure the next decade of growth for our capital city. With over 40,000 sqft of innovative educational space in central London The Academy has been created to educate and inspire everyone from schoolchildren to CEOs as part of Google’s plans to help build digital capability across the country.”

Rajesh Agrawal, deputy mayor for business, added: “The capital is already home to some of the best tech and creative minds in the world but we must continue to ensure that our city’s workforce has the right skills to meet the jobs of tomorrow.

“I am pleased that Google is helping to make digital training and educational programmes available to people from all backgrounds.”