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 2021

The Manchester Digital Skills Festival takes place from 8th- 12th February 2021 and will be in an online format for the first time. 

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 2021 - a vital piece of research into the region's skills landscape.

Monday 8th February

Skills Conference

Tuesday 9th February

Experience Day

Wednesday 10th February

Talent Day

Thursday 11th February

Professional Development Day

Friday 12th February

Professional Development Day

AutoTrader are the headline sponsors of the Digital Skills Festival 2021. musicMagpieSyncThe ICONorthcoders and University of Salford are also sponsoring the five day event. If you would like to join them as sponsors of the Skills Festival, we have a range of opportunities to suit any budget. Please take a look at the packages here: Skills Festival sponsor pack 2021.pdf

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.

Exhibitors expression of interest here

Students and job seekers sign up here


The conference will take place from 1:30pm - 5:30pm and will be live streamed from Manchester Technology Centre.

We'll consider topics such as employment post-COVID; what the tech industry needs to bounce back; growth areas and some emerging industry trends. We will also be sharing the findings from this year's national Digital Skills Audit, in partnership with the Institute of Coding.

Register for the conference.

Experience Day

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 to deliver an experience day here.

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. 

Register your interest in attending one of the workshops here.

Skills Festival Sponsorship

We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available at Skills Festival 2021. 

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 the sponsorship brochure here.

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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