Manchester has an ambition to become a digital city and in order to achieve this we need a highly skilled digital workforce that is big enough to serve the needs of an ever-growing industry. We need a pipeline of talent that will leave school, college and university with industry standard, work ready, digital skillsets.
The Skills Festival will highlight and address the issues facing the sector as well as addressing them on a practical level by hosting the UK’s largest digital recruitment fair, offering tours of local digital businesses and opportunities for local school children to gain some hands on, practical experience of digital. We also use this opportunity to present our annual Skills Audit Report. If you want to have your say, you can fill in our audit here.
The Skills Festival is a great chance to showcase the amazing digital businesses we have in the North West and show students that there are wonderful digital career opportunities on their doorstep.
The Skills Festival is run by Manchester Digital, the not-for-profit trade association for digital businesses across the North West and is the only event of its type in the region. Supporting the Festival helps Manchester Digital to sustain its vital work in this area.
For more information about sponsoring the Skills Festival 2017, please click here.
Over the course of 4 days, over 180 creative, digital and IT businesses will attend as well as approximately 1500 students who are looking for work within the digital/creative industries from North West universities, colleges and schools.
The Festival takes place February each year and begins on a Tuesday. It then closes on Friday. There are 4 main events during the Festival alongside smaller, informal fringe events.
Tuesday 14th February: Conference
The conference looks at how industry engages with education; what businesses need to do to recruit and retain digital talent and how we are educating the next generation of digital talent. The conference is free to attend.
Wednesday 15th February: Talent Day
Talent Day is a large scale careers fair where over 70 digital businesses showcase themselves and meet over 1200 students from schools, colleges and universities across the North West. Stands at Talent Day start at £200* for a standard space. Premium and Premium Plus spaces are also available. Businesses can book here.
The event is free to attend for students.
Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February: Experience Days
Experience day will be a fantastic opportunity for students to learn how to build websites, how to write code, hacking skills and much more.
*prices quoted are exclusive of VAT.