O2 to open doors to ‘Think Big Hub’ with £500k investment


Work space measuring more than 3,000 square feet in central London aimed at helping people aged 13-25 develop their digital, entrepreneurial and work skills 

O2 is today opening its Think Big Hub in central London, with the operator investing £500,000 in it over the next five years.

The work space, which will be opened by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society tonight, is located at the heart of London’s Silicon Roundabout and measures more than 3,000 sq ft.

It is aimed at helping people aged 13-25 improve their digital, entrepreneurial and work skills, as well as provide them with careers advice.

O2 is looking to help around 3,000 this year. Some 500 hours of work skills and employability training will be offered, both face to face and online.

This will be done through online webinars, live streaming, virtual classrooms and online mentoring. Some 500 young people will attend digital skills training sessions through the Think Big School, with four working at the hub to complete youth work and administrative apprenticeships.

Think Big provides training and funding to young people with business ideas. They can apply to start a Think Big project by filling out an application form online and if accepted, will receive £300 in funding to help them get started. Projects will be up and running within three months of the application being accepted.

O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne (pictured) said: “With the economy showing welcome signs of recovery and the digital opportunity now recognised as key to guaranteeing future economic growth, it is vital that businesses look to employ the right people with the right skills. Giving opportunities to those who have these digital skills in abundance – young people – is therefore of paramount importance.

“This is why we have today launched the Think Big Hub. It forms part of our commitment to help young people make the most of their native digital talent, whether that’s through social action projects, digital skills workshops, apprenticeships and internships, or mentoring and coaching opportunities.”

Hurd added: “I hope to see more companies, both large and small, taking steps like O2 to help young people get the skills and confidence they need to prepare them for valuable future careers.”