How the Drupal community can make a difference

20 - 31 October I ran a training course for a group of six 18 year olds. The aim of the two week course was to teach them Drupal and get them working in companies as Drupal Apprentices. These young people might lack the means to a university education but can display an aptitude for web development. They are often from certain socio economic backgrounds who are potentially, and unnecessarily, excluded from opportunities.

See what these youngsters can do and read about what they’ve learnt over the past two weeks on their blog sites -

http://dev-fabian-blog.gotpantheon.com/#overlay=node/1/edit%3Fdestination%3Dnode

http://dev-malachy-drupal-course.gotpantheon.com/

http://dev-reeces-drupal-blog.gotpantheon.com/

http://dev-my-cool-blog.gotpantheon.com/

http://dev-my-drupal-blog.gotpantheon.com/

http://dev-kent-de-rueda-drupal-apprenticeship.gotpantheon.com/Home

During the course a number of Drupal developers have given up their time to come in and support these youngsters. They have run demos, helped with the learning, given careers advice and shown them lots of cool things Drupal can do.

A MASSIVE THANKS TO YOU ALL – Gary Pigott, Adam Clarey, Paul Miller, Chandeep Khosa, Brian Green and his London Drupal Coworking group and our existing Apprentices – Jack and Muhammad. Special thanks for the brilliant and continuous support from Hedley Smith and Crispin Read.

The BIGGEST THANKS of all to the companies that have, so far, offered some of these youngsters a Drupal Apprenticeship – LivePoster, City Web Consultants and Steven Sirman. The opportunity you have given these youngsters is a life changer.