On Tuesday evening I brought Matthew Applegate, founder of Creative Computing Club, to Number 10 as my guest for the Local Skills Champions’ Reception hosted by the Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP, Secretary of State for Education. I chose Matthew as my Local Skills Champion as Creative Computing Club do great work in helping young people in Ipswich and across Suffolk engage in technology-based activities, having a positive impact on their educational and social opportunities.
Matthew supports many children who are neurodiverse through his Club. He helps them gain confidence and qualifications in areas that interest them, giving them the skills they need to enter high paid tech-based jobs. Those who are neurodiverse often think in unconventional ways, this is an advantage when it comes to tech. Matthew teaches them how to utilise their strength and the organisation has and continues to have excellent outcomes.
I have linked up many young people in Ipswich to Matthew and the Club. Many of their lives have been turned around and they have developed and strengthened their social skills, which they previously struggled with.
I would like to thank Matthew for taking the time to come to London. The work Creative Computing Club do is outstanding, and it is clear how committed they are to ensuring young people succeed in their chosen path. I know Matthew will continue the work he is so passionate about, helping children in Suffolk thrive.