Digital Skills Festival

Our Digital Skills Festival is one of the most important events in our annual calendar. Held right here in Manchester, the Digital Skills Festival attracts industry professionals, educators,  students, graduates and tech job seekers as well as respected industry thought-leaders and innovators.

If you want to be a part of Talent Day, the North's largest careers fair, please use the appropriate links below.

Exhibitors sign up here

Students and Job seekers sign up here

Agenda for Skills Festival 2020

The Manchester Digital Skills Festival takes place from 3rd - 7th February 2020 at various venues across the city-region.

To register your interest in attending the activities happening over the week, please use the links below, or click the register button on the menu bar. 

Also, please take part in the Skills Audit 2020 - a vital piece of research into the region's skills landscape.

Monday 3rd February

Invitation-only launch event

Tuesday 4th February

Professional development workshops

Wednesday 5th February

Talent Day

Thursday 6th February

Experience Day

Friday 7th February

GM Digital Day

Talent Day

Talent Day is the largest specialist careers fair in the North. Each year over 1800 graduates and job seekers attend to find out more about the latest careers on offer at some of Greater Manchester’s most exciting and innovative tech companies. 40+ businesses attend and there are upwards of 250 jobs on offer. It’s the perfect day to find new talent, or if you’re a jobseeker, to take the next step in your career. See who else will be exhibiting by viewing our exhibitor floor plan here.

Exhibitors sign up here

Students sign up here

Launch event

The launch event will take place from 4pm - 6pm at the Manchester Technology Centre. Katie Gallagher, managing director at Manchester Digital will deliver a presentation, followed by a guest speaker from industry and then a panel session, to launch the findings of our 2020 Skills Audit

Register for the launch.

Professional development workshops

There will be a number of workshops taking place over the course of the day, covering topics such as leadership, AI for business, accessibility, innovation, managing culture, data driven businesses, google cloud, security and much more. If you want to hone your skills, knowledge share and learn from your peers or you’re considering a career move, then attend our free workshops. 

You can register here.

Experience Days

Digital Futures industry experience days bring to life the world of work for Greater Manchester’s young people. If you’re interested in hosting a session for young people, or you’re a school or college in Greater Manchester who wants to bring students along to an industry day, then please get in touch using the register link above!

Businesses sign up here

Schools sign up here

GM Digital Day

The first-ever Greater Manchester Digital Skills Day will take place on 7th February 2020.

#GMDigitalSkillsDay will inspire and encourage young people in schools and colleges all across Greater Manchester to have a go at learning digital skills, challenge themselves and explore the career opportunities available to them as future technologists. In partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, we are challenging all schools and colleges to ‘do something digital’ during our festive by getting involved in tech experience opportunities and using online resources, designed by businesses.

Schools and businesses, sign up here

Skills Festival Sponsorship

We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available at Skills Festival 2020. 

If you would like to get in touch with us to discuss how you can get involved please call 0161 238 8642 or email

Download our Sponsorship Brochure

Headline Sponsor

Educational Sponsor

Become a member


Over 250 staff
£1,800 annually


51-250 staff
£1,020 annually


26-50 staff
£540 annually


11-25 staff
£300 annually


2-10 staff
£120 annually


Trading for less than 12 months
£60 annually


Sole trader
£60 annually


College or University
£540 annually


Digital Recruitment
£1,800 annually



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