• Digital Futures: Businesses

Digital Futures: Businesses

 

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  • 75% of our members felt there wasn’t enough industry involvement in schools and colleges to ensure young people are equipped for careers in tech.
  • 40% of teachers do not feel confident in delivering the computer science curriculum.
  • Careers advice and guidance in schools and colleges is often too generalist and not up to date enough or reflective of our sector.

We’re changing this.

 
We know that talent pipeline challenge continues to impact on the growth of the sector. Our Skills Audit shows this year on year. The ethos of Manchester Digital membership is harnessing the power of industry to solve our own problems so we have been working with our Employers Forum to establish a talent and skills programme to do this, Digital Futures. 
 
Our aim is to work with members to develop a series of industry-led initiatives and events that bring education and industry together in an effective and meaningful way which supports and stimulates the pipeline. 
 
We're looking for a diverse range people from every type of digital and tech business to help us get more young people into our industry. We need people who can help us with our curriculum development and enrichment activities, help up-skill teachers, give careers insights and advice in schools & colleges as well as share what they do and how great working in tech is. 
 
Can you or your organisation contribute to this? You can demonstrate your commitment to tackling the skills gap by signing up to Digital Futures as an individual or as an organisation. There are several broad categories of activity that you can contribute to: 
 

Curriculum support & enhancement

  • Review of curriculum content and delivery for specific topic support to enhance this with industry professions, lesson planning support.

Curriculum & learning enrichment

  • An addition to the exposure and learning of students, this could be extracurricular projects, hack days or masterclasses to build on and deepen students learning and skills.

Careers support

  • Careers insight and awareness sessions and presentations for students, industry experts supporting CV Clinics at Talent Day

Careers sampling

  • Experience days, work placements, internships.

Industry talks & presentations

  • Talks about specific topics in tech, aimed at students, teachers or parents, tech student ambassador network engagement and support

Teacher CDP Support

  • Upskilling and insights for teachers, experience days and placements for teachers and careers advisors

It’s important to us to ensure everything we do is sustainable. Therefore many of our initiatives are about implementing innovative pilots to prove the concept before we scale up. 

 

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