The ElevateMe app

A radical, digital approach to help young people

The Challenge

Reading Borough Council wanted to find a way to join up a labyrinth of over 190 support services intended to help people get into work. Working with young people, they identified how a unique app could help young people access services and opportunities to help them into work, education and training.  The Council partnered with O2 through the O2 Digital Fund to develop the app.

The Solution

Roland Hanbury, O2's Head of Public Sector Application Solutions, demonstrates the use of the ElevateMe portal and talks about the development stages from its conception to its launch and further development throughout 2014 and 2015.  As well as providing information the app aims to guide, support, and motivate young people.

The Council wanted to use technology and create a unique app that would help young people in the area connect to a wide array of services designed to help them into work, education and training. O2 provided funding, consultancy and technology to help develop the app, as well as support in engaging with local businesses.

The Results

  • Platform has proved a huge success with local job-seekers as well as local businesses.
  • After an initial launch in Reading, the ElevateMe platform has been rolled out across all six regions of Berkshire.
  • The app was shortlisted for two 2015 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards and was highly commended in the Innovative Service Delivery Model category.

Related links:

ElevateMe – O2 Local Government Digital Fund winner