Birmingham Digital project welcoming schools and employers this autumn

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With investment from the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, we'll be starting a new digital project in the coming weeks to help young people in the region get a better idea of the exciting opportunities within the digital and tech sector.

We'll firstly be developing a set of careers resources for schools and colleges in the Birmingham city area to use to show young people what roles and careers they can access locally in this highly-paid sector. A series of short films will take them inside some exciting tech companies whilst up to date labour market information will help students and their teachers to understand trends within the sector and the skills that are in demand.

We'll be working with a wide range of digital and tech businesses, from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs, and with schools themselves to create resources that will be appealing to young people.  A further aspect linked to cyber-safety, online crime and the ethical implications of cybersecurity will show students how they can take positive steps towards rewarding careers in digital.

Explaining the need for the project, our Chief Executive, Stephanie Burras CBE, says: "The Tech & Digital Deep Dive Report produced by the Royal Observatory and BCU in May 2017 confirmed the West Midlands digital economy has growth potential of up to 84,000 jobs by 2025. Developing a pipeline of talent to service this sector, and young people with aspirations and potential to facilitate and capitalise on technological development, is an absolute priority, and positioning and profiling activity must start long before young people approach university age.  

 

Opportunities for Digital businesses to get involved

If you're a business in the Birmingham area offering interesting careers involving digital skills and/or qualifications and you would like to be involved in this project to help get messages out to schools and colleges then please contact lola.wilson@aheadpartnership.org.uk

Opportunities for education partners to get involved 

If you're an education partner in the Birmingham area (a secondary school, college or university) and you are interested in accessing these resources at no cost to yourselves, please contact lola.wilson@aheadpartnership.org.uk for more information.

 

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