The winners of the Apps for Good education programme that helps young people in the UK develop their skills by teaching them how to build mobile apps, have launched their ideas to market.
The programme is run in schools and encourages young people to develop an app to solve a problem that they face in their day-to-day lives. As well as skills in app development it also helps them develop skills in team-building, communication and problem-solving.
Barclaycard is the sole sponsor of Apps for Good’s 'Saving, Spending and Giving - making the most from your money' category, and has worked closely with the two winning schools to bring their app ideas to life. As part of its involvement, Barclaycard has offered support at each stage of the process, from conception through to the development of the apps and finally bringing them to market. The winning schools were paired with app developers to work on bringing their app to market.
The app connects adults who need help with small jobs with trustworthy youngsters looking to earn them pocket money. The app was developed by students at the Abbey School in Reading, Berkshire, who felt frustrated because there was no job-finding services tailored to the needs of young job-seekers and believed many hardworking and reliable young people would be keen to help out their neighbours while earning some pocket money.
The app enables people to post odd jobs such as dog walking, babysitting, plant watering, washing up and car cleaning and builds trust and connections through trust ratings and reviews provided by previous employees and employers. The app ensures safety for under 18s with emails sent to parents to make sure they are aware of their children’s commitments and details of the jobs.
This app encourages young people to set saving goals and work towards them, using social media to track progress, compete with friends and get updates when they've met your goals. The app was developed by students at Mount Grace School in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.
The app allows young people to set their savings targets and they can watch their savings grow with fun and easy-to-understand graphs. They can also compete with friends by linking to social media. All information is kept safe with a secure pin-style login.
The Apps for Good programme offers schools online mentoring from corporate volunteers, including Barclaycard colleagues. Once the delivery of the programme comes to an end, all schools are encouraged to submit their app idea to the Apps for Good awards. Barclaycard colleagues also helped pupils develop their ideas and pitch for the awards.
Our support for the programme is part of the Barclays-wide Citizenship approach, where, as part of the Supporting our communities pillar, we will help disadvantaged young people develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential.