Preact Signs Microsoft UK Partner Pledge

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Preact is pleased to announce that it has joined Microsoft and other partners in a campaign to improve digital skills across the UK.

Microsoft is working with its partner network and customers to make technology more accessible and find more ways to make technology a force for good in society.

While Microsoft is optimistic about the continuing role of technology and the benefits it represents for its customers and society in general, it is equally mindful of the consequences of large-scale change associated with industrial revolutions like the one we are seeing now.

Consequently, it believes that the nations which will thrive in this new world will not just be the ones that adopt such technologies in a deep and ethical way, but those in which everyone possesses the right skills and opportunity to make the most of what's ahead.

To realise this vision, it is crucial that enough people enter the UK workforce with the right technical and digital skills. This will also need greater diversity among those who are building our future. While this issue is much broader than gender alone, Microsoft is passionate about encouraging more girls and young women to consider a career in the technology industry.

Finally, Microsoft's vision calls for a culture of lifelong learning in the UK to make the most of this new world of opportunity.

To drive this the Microsoft Partner pledge has been launched with four goals to improve digital skills, diversity, apprenticeships and ensure ethical AI within the technology industry.

Digital Skills
Helping the UK prepare for the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through Microsoft’s Digital Skills programme.

Improving the diversity of the UK's technology workforce.

Joining Microsoft's efforts to create more apprenticeships in the UK.

Ethic AI
Ensuring Artificial Intelligence is developed and implemented in responsible and ethical ways.

As an organisation that is closely aligned with Microsoft, we share its vision for how technology plays a vital role in improving society. Preact believes these priorities are the right things to do and also make strong business sense. That's why we are pleased to sign the Partner Pledge, and play a part to make progress across these important issues.