• Digital Futures: Businesses

Digital Futures: Businesses

The findings from our annual Digital Skills Audit make it clear there is work to be done to secure the future of tech talent in Greater Manchester. Add to this the generalist approach to careers advice and guidance in many schools, and the fast-changing nature of our sector, and it is clear something needs to be done. 

We know the talent pipeline challenge continues to impact on the growth of the sector, which is why we established Digital Futures. Through this provision, we work with members to develop industry-led initiatives and events to support education and stimulates the talent 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 upskill teachers, give careers insights and advice in schools and colleges, and share what they do and what they enjoy about working in tech. Can you help us tackle the skills gap? 

Here are some of the areas in which you or your organisation can get involved:

Curriculum support & enhancement

  • Review of curriculum content
  • Co-designing and delivering lesson content or projects for specific curriculum topics to enhance existing learning - making it relevant to industry this
  • Lesson planning support and guidance as an industry professional 

Curriculum & learning enrichment

A variety of initiatives to increase the exposure and learning of students, including extracurricular projects, hack days or masterclasses.

Careers support

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

Careers sampling

Experience days, work placements and internships.

Industry talks and presentations

Talks about specific topics in tech, aimed at students, teachers or parents. We also offer tech student ambassador network engagement and support.

CDP support

Upskilling and insights for teachers, as well as experience days and placements for teachers and careers advisers. 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. 
Diversity and inclusion in tech 
Help us inspire, encourage and enable young people from all backgrounds and experiences to consider a career in digital and technology through our activities and targeted school and college support. 
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In particular, you can work with us to encourage more young women into our industry through our targeted projects, opportunities and campaigns. 
You can't be what you can't see. Help us change this for the next generation of women in tech. We're building a diverse 'inspiration wall' of female role models. Add your profile to the wall - 
Want to get involved and make a real difference? Click below to take your next step into Digital Futures. 


If you'd like to speak to someone from Manchester Digital about Digital Futures before signing up, get in touch with Emma.

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