June 23rd, 2021

During Project Rainbow II, Catch22 told us about children falling behind with their learning because they didn’t know how to get online. With the help of Investment Director, Jim Godman, Thomson Reuters and the support of SBT Project Rainbow, recently piloted a Digital Skills Workshop. Richard Blakemore and Chiletam Ogbu, Refinitiv, joined Jim and visited Catch22’s Nottingham College to help students gain the skills they need to get online. Thank you to EY Foundation for providing some of the laptops and to Permira for access to Team Viewer to give students ongoing support.  

The Digital Skills Workshop was a great chance for us to help some of our students who are digitally excluded. We’re grateful for the laptops and the time spent by the volunteers arranging the pilot and delivering it on the day. It’s definitely helped our students feel more confident about using laptops and it will be beneficial for their studies going forward! Thank you to SBT and the volunteers.


It was lovely to speak to the students and hopefully help them with their IT journeys. I had a really good time, it was great to get out and do something different, which I hope had an impact on their lives. I look forward to helping again in the future if the opportunity comes up.

Richard Blakemore, Refinitiv

Catch22 is a charity and a social business – designing and delivering public services to build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. Catch22 runs seven Colleges, specialising in offering learning and training opportunities for 16-19 year olds who, for whatever reason, don’t want to stay in a traditional academic environment.

They have recently launched ‘A Vision for a Digitally Included Britain’ – which calls for a national digital inclusion strategy and emphasises the importance of devices, data and digital skills in closing the digital divide.