Camden’s 21st Century Talent Pledge - Building the Talent Pipeline

Camden STEAM - COVID-19 update

Virtual Work Experience Programme

We are calling on Camden employers to be part of a pioneering Virtual Work Experience Programme, providing local students with their first experiences of work this June/July.

Camden STEAM is aware of the significant positive impact work experience has on young people’s outcomes, particularly on those from disadvantaged backgrounds, which is why Camden STEAM have partnered with Speakers for Schools – a national educational charity backed by employers, including the Bank of England, BP, Marie Curie and Spotify – to offer STEAM Pledge employers the opportunity to provide Virtual Work Experience (VWEX).

Nationally, Morgan Sindall and BP are in the process of delivering VWEX, and we are pleased to confirm that Google, one of our Camden STEAM Pledge employers, will also be offering placements for Camden young people.

Further information about how to get involved is available in our Virtual Work Experience leaflet.

Digital Divide - laptops and iPads for schools campaign

Camden Council, through our STEAM programme and Camden Learning, is asking businesses to donate spare laptops and iPads for vulnerable students without access to a device at home, to help them access vital online learning while schools are closed.

We're also working with schools, community groups and local businesses to find ways to ensure pupils have a Wi-Fi connection in their homes.

If a business has laptops or iPads that they can donate to a school in Camden that meet some simple criteria, we will collect the laptops and work with schools to distribute them to children who most need them.

Companies can also make financial donations and sponsor schools to help purchase or repurpose laptops for students. Please fill in our online form here.

The Camden STEAM Commission was established to:

  • Highlight Camden’s unique STEAM economy and the skills needed for the roles of the future
  • Encourage greater fusion in creative, digital and scientific education
  • Mobilise business resources to drive skills and careers education
  • Tackle underrepresentation and provide all Camden young people with access to the opportunities available locally.

We call on our exciting, dynamic and innovative business community to sign up to the 21st Century Talent Pledge. Read or download our booklet below and email us at steampledge@camden.gov.uk

Camden STEAM - 21st century Talent Pledge film

Creating Camden’s 21st Century Talent – report and recommendations of the Camden STEAM Commission

Camden Council wants to give local young people the best skills and opportunities so they can play a full part in the borough’s thriving creative, digital and scientific economy. Our report, ‘Creating Camden’s 21st Century Talent’ by the council-led STEAM Commission, sets out plans for how our young people can better benefit from the global organisations working in Camden. The report was launched at Google UK’s offices in King’s Cross on 12 June 2017.

Camden STEAM Hub

The STEAM Commission’s recommendations included launching a STEAM Hub to facilitate a more connected curriculum in our schools and encourage greater fusion in creative, digital and scientific education. Find out more:

Background and membership

Camden Council, in partnership with the Knowledge Quarter, launched a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) Commission to bring together the borough’s businesses, schools and other key institutions. 

The Commission is chaired by Dinah Caine CBE and highlights Camden’s significance as a centre for the creative, digital and scientific industries. It seeks to improve career opportunities for young people, and ensure businesses are able to benefit from the range of talent in the borough. 

Commissioners representing educational, industry and community bodies produced their report (PDF) identifying actions for employers, schools and parents to help develop young people’s skills and opportunities in the STEAM sector.

The STEAM Commission includes the following representatives: 

  • Dinah Caine CBE, Commission Chair
  • Lindsley Ruth, CEO of RS Components, STEAM Commission Business Lead
  • Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council
  • Pete Dudley, Director of Education Commissioning, Camden Council
  • Jon Abbey, Managing Director, Camden Learning
  • Peter McDonough, of Ted Baker, who is also Next Generation Co-ordinator for Urban Partners
  • Geraldine Davies, former Principal, UCL Academy
  • Maureen Williams, Headteacher, La Sainte Union School (past member, now retired)
  • Rob Earrey, Headteacher, Fitzjohn’s Primary School
  • Andy Wilson, CEO of Capital City College Group
  • Carl Gombrich, Director of Arts and Sciences Bsc Degree, UCL
  • Louisa Pointon, Senior HR Officer, Arup
  • Saul Klein (OBE), Partner, LocalGlobe
  • Glen Saberton, Senior Artist, Rocksteady
  • Amanda Timberg, Head of Staffing Programs, Google
  • Catherine Knivett, Digital Skills Officer, GLA
  • Di Maxfield-Twine, Vice-President HR, Viacom
  • Diane Chang, Business Lead, Facebook
  • Lia Commissar, Project Manager: Education and Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust
  • Omid Shiraji, Chief Information Officer, Camden Council.

The Commission took evidence from a number of organisations involved in the STEAM industries, education and skills policy. Contributions have been gratefully received from:

Google, The Francis Crick Institute, Stemettes, The Guardian, Atkins, Camden Town Unlimited, Echo, Tile Yard Studios, BBC, BT, Penguin Random House, Creative Industries Federation, Future First, Founders4Schools, Torriano Primary School, Med City, WAC Arts College, Netley Primary School, Camden Centre for Learning, Castlehaven Community Association, Regent’s High School, Roundhouse, William Ellis School, the Knowledge Quarter, New Scientist, Rungway, Connexions, Camden Spark, Camden Into Enterprise, Virgin Media, Hampstead School, Eleanor Palmer School, Holts Academy, Inspire, Bio-Nano Consulting, Arcadia Group, Argent LLP, Arts Catalyst, Cockpit Arts, Brecknock School, Parliament Hill School, HOK. 

Contact us

If your organisation is involved in the digital, creative, engineering or scientific industries, and you would like to know more about how you can get involved in the work of the STEAM Commission, please email steampledge@camden.gov.uk

If you have any general enquiries about the STEAM Commission and its work please email danielle.tobin@camden.gov.uk 

There is a range of support available for organisations looking to develop their relationships with local schools. Please see details above or download our STEAM 21st Century Talent Pledge booklet here (PDF).

Relevant links

Free laptops for vulnerable pupils

Camden Council is asking businesses to donate spare laptops and iPads for vulnerable students without access to a device at home, to help them access vital online learning while schools are closed.

The Council is also working with schools, community groups and local businesses to find ways to ensure pupils have a Wi-Fi connection in their homes.

If a business has laptops or iPads that they can donate to a school in Camden that meet some simple criteria (see below), we will collect the laptops and work with schools to distribute them to children who most need them.

Companies can also make financial donations and sponsor schools to help purchase or repurpose laptops for students.

Find the short form here to tell us about your laptops or iPads.

We ask that donations meet the following criteria:

  • Devices configured so they are reset to factory settings and free from any donor data
  • Not older than five years
  • No physical damage.