Empowering the next generation of changemakers

Our 2023 Impact Journey

As technology continues to transform the way we live and work, young people need tech innovation and essential skills to succeed in their future careers.

We know that technology can help address big social challenges and is most successful when it’s created by those with lived experience.

Schools are under-resourced, yet have such an important role in delivering a computing curriculum that is relevant and engaging to learners.

More than half of the schools we reach face challenging circumstances and our aim is to inspire their students to be part of a new, diverse generation of purposeful tech innovators.

In 2022/23, our courses benefited:


Young People


The skills that matter

The UK tech sector continues to grow, remaining #1 in Europe and #3 in the world, as well as leading the way in values-led innovation. Data suggests 57% of young people want a job that uses advanced digital skills, but one fifth don’t feel they’re getting good enough foundational training from school.

Our courses are designed to equip young people with the digital and essential skills for their future. In fact, 84% of Apps for Good students reported developing more than one essential skill as a result of our courses.

of students reported developing more than one essential skill

of students feel more confident in their computer programming skills

of students feel more confident explaining how technology can help society or act on climate change

of students said their listening skills had improved

of students said their problem solving had improved

of students said their teamwork improved

Inspired by Industry

Despite technological change, the career aspirations of young people have changed very little. According to research, nearly half of young people around the world aspire to work in just 10 of the most common professions and there’s a risk they aren’t aware of new digital opportunities.

Being able to link education to the world of work helps young people identify a pathway to a career which appeals to them. Many do not have the opportunity to see themselves represented in the world of work.

Our courses provide Industry Engagement opportunities to give young people role models that are often missing from their everyday lives.

Industry Volunteers signed up to engage with our students

of Showcase students, are more interested in a career in technology as a result of the course

Industry Engagement sessions delivered

Encouraging Independent Learning

According to Ada, The National College for Digital Skills, ‘Over half of secondary schools in the UK were not even offering computer science as a GCSE in 2021, and the number of 14-to-19 students taking technical IT or computing qualifications has fallen by one-third since 2015.’

With classroom experiences shaping life choices and outcomes, it’s vital we encourage more young people with lived experience, especially those from under-represented groups to study computing at school to help build a more diverse future STEM workforce.

student teams entered our 2023 Showcase

student ideas shortlisted and pitched to industry experts

votes in our Showcase People’s Choice Award

app ideas were voted Judge’s Favourites

volunteers reviewed, provided feedback and shortlisted students’ app ideas

reviews of students’ app ideas

2023 in focus: A Multi Academy Trust approach to Climate Innovation

In the past year, Innovate for Climate Change has reached more than five times as many schools than last academic year! We’ve been working with schools and Multi Academy Trusts to support their digital learning and sustainability strategies.

schools engaged in Innovate for Climate Change

young people gained digital & green skills

of students studying Innovate for Climate Change want to do more to act on climate change

Our impact journey continues…

With the backing of new and existing partners and a thriving community of teachers, we will continue to positively impact more young people through Innovate for Climate Change and App for Social Action, as well as developing a new course - AI for Good.