Building confidence and capacity in our schools - Liz Williams
Liz heads BT’s Tech Literacy Programme which aims to tackle the tech literacy paradox, moving the next generation from tech consumers to creators, and building a culture where tech literacy is a cornerstone of modern education. Launched in March 2015, BT’s ambition reaches from the early years of a child’s life through to the transition to work, with a first target to reach 5m young people by 2020. Over 1 million primary school age children have benefitted from the Barefoot Computing Project and over 1900 young people have joined BT work ready initiatives. Under Liz’s leadership BT has launched a new groundbreaking partnership with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation to reach the most disengaged.
Liz is Chair of the Good Things Foundation, a UK based charity supporting digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital. She chaired a review of digital skills on behalf of the UK Government and represents BT on the Movement to Work employer coalition committed to tackling youth unemployment through high quality vocational training and work experience. In 2016, Liz was named in Business Cloud Magazine’s inaugural ‘100 Women Role Models of Tech’ list. She is a Board member of London Transport Museum.