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Event Details

  • Start Date:4th February 2019
  • Start Time:09:00 am
  • End Date:8th February 2019
  • End Time:17:00 pm
  • Location:MANCHESTER
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The 2019 Digital Skills Festival

To achieve its ambition to become a leading digital city, Greater Manchester needs a strong pipeline of highly skilled digital talent. That's where the Manchester Digital Skills Festival comes in.

The five-day event brings those interested in a digital career together with education providers and digital and tech businesses from across the region to celebrate an exciting shared future.

In 2019 The Digital Skills Festival will take place from the 4th to the 8th of February in Manchester and will provide something for everyone interested in the digital industry in the North West.

Features include:

The Digital Skills Festival Launch is an afternoon event on the 4th February featuring talks from various industry leaders whilst providing a first look at the results from our annual Skills Audit report. To get your free ticket, click here.

Talent Day is a must-visit for job seekers on 5th February. More than 40 digital, creative and tech companies will be available for conversations about your future career in the industry. Seminars and workshops will also take place throughout the day providing insight into various placement programmes and graduate initiatives.


Talent Day provides businesses with the perfect opportunity to meet up to 1800 job seekers to help you build your talent pipeline. If you wish to exhibit at Talent Day, please click here.

Experience Days are a fantastic chance for students to get practical skills in coding, website building, hacking and more. If you are a school or college interested in taking part please email [email protected]. Alternatively, if you're part of a business interested in taking part in our Experience Days please fill in this form.

Sponsorship of the Digital Skills Festival provides your business with the perfect platform to showcase your investment into reducing the digital skills gap whilst aiding you in building your talent pipeline. We have a range of packages to suit all budgets and various levels of exposure to suit all marketing and recruitment strategies. To enquire about sponsoring the 2019 Skills Festival please email [email protected].

The 2018 Digital Skills Festival was a huge success due to all of our fantastic speakers, sponsors and attendees, please take a look at the 2018 highlights to see why you should be involved in the 2019 event:

Skills Fest Conference 2018

Digital Skills Conference Pictures

2018 Skills Audit report

Talent Day Pictures

About our Sponsors 

Auto Trader 

We’ve built a business that is centred around its people, and we’re proud of our inclusive and progressive culture. Our tech and data expertise make us one of the UK’s leading companies and we were named one of the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018.

We're not simply a website that allows people to buy and sell vehicles. through the evolution of our digital platforms and innovative data products we make the process of buying and selling cars easier for consumers, retailers and manufactuerers. 


BJSS ( is the UK’s largest privately-owned I.T. and business consultancy. With over 25 years' software development and IT advisory experience, the company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.


At Moneysupermarket Group we invented price comparison and now we are ready to re:invent the market with our tech teams, constantly looking for new and better ways to help people save money by connecting them to the right advice and the best deals. To do this we are changing the way we work, connect and grow our current and future talent.


GCHQ is the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency. Our purpose is to keep the country and it’s people safe in the real world and online. We work with our partners in Government to counter threats to the UK such as terrorism, serious crime and cyber attack. We also support the armed forces deployed overseas. From WWI to the present day, GCHQ has been bringing together the best minds with the latest technology to protect our nation for 100 years.

Manchester Metropolitan University 

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) will be a purpose-built, interdisciplinary school opening at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021. This is a £35m investment into the workspaces, networks, teaching and research that will drive ideas and innovation across all forms of creative content. Find out more at:


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