Education and Training in Westminster

Ada, The National College for Digital Skills

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, is a 6th Form and Apprentice College with a strong emphasis on social mobility for under-represented groups in the digital world.

Ada's mission is to educate and empower the next generation of diverse digital talent.

The digital industry is experiencing epic growth but there is a talent shortage. Over 130,000 tech jobs are available each year in the UK but students are leaving education without sufficient knowledge and experience to get the job. Ada wants to change this.

With Ada, students can learn relevant digital skills to pursue their dream job in tech. They are a unique community which puts computer programming at the heart of everything they do. Their students are the future game changers: challenging the norm, excited by change, and resilient in the face of adversity.

They want to remove the glass ceiling for women and individuals from low-income backgrounds in the tech industry. Everyone, from any background, is entitled to a quality education and a better future. Their community is united by digital so they work closely with their local Council and the local community to ensure the inclusion extends beyond the walls of Ada.

The Sir Simon Milton Foundation is committed to working with Ada to achieve these goals and will play an active role once Ada moves to its new home in Pimlico in September 2022.

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Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College

The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, with our partners the University of Westminster and Network Rail, founded a new college for 14-19 year olds in Westminster, educating young Londoners for high achieving, professional careers in the transport engineering and construction industries.

To our profound regret, following a report last year by the Governors of the school to the Minister, the Governors were informed in January 2022 that the Department for Education had decided to close the school, primarily because of its inability to attract the pupil numbers required. Teaching for the remaining pupils will however continue until the end of the 2021/22 academic year.

The Foundation has been a strong supporter of the UTC from its very outset with its aim to bring high quality technical education to the heart of the city. We will remain supporters until it closes this summer. To that end we set up the Sir Simon Milton Fund to help the pupils and staff at the school in whatever way we can. The purpose of the fund is to ensure that the students in particular get the best possible education in their remaining months at the school and the best possible outcomes when they leave.

Happily, the Department for Education has agreed that technical education will continue to be provided on the site in Westminster. Ada, The National College for Digital Skills will be the successor organisation from September 2022. Ada has a 6th Form and Apprentice College, teaching digital skills, with a strong emphasis on social mobility for under-represented groups in the digital world, namely women and persons from ethnic minorities and from low-income families. We very much look forward to working with Ada on these goals which we share.