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How do we know it works?
XIROS DIGITAL PANELS
Xiros have taken part in a series of digital careers panels over the last 12 months to raise awareness of roles in the sector and pathways into medical technology. By taking part in panels with employers from other sectors, they're broadening local students' exposure to the range of opportunities in Leeds City Region as well as promoting their employer brand.
Leeds City Council and thebigword sponsored #GirlTech with students from secondary schools in Leeds taking part in a series of interactive workshops and panels hosted by local employers large and small aimed at better educating young women about career paths in digital. 100% of students said that taking part improved their understanding of how to get into careers in digital.
SUMO GAMING CHALLENGE
This challenge introduced South Yorkshire students to key elements of game design through a series of volunteer-led workshops and mentoring students through the creative process. At the grand final, the whole company was invited to cast their vote for the winning school team. 94% of students that took part in our Sumo Digital Video Game Challenge in 2019 said it improved their understanding of the different roles in the video games industry.
The skills gap in the digital sector is UK-wide with half of all employers reporting that they are struggling to attract talent with the right tech skills whilst 87% of advertised jobs require digital skills. In Leeds City Region alone there were 14,000 vacancies for digital professional roles over the last year.
Many people are asking what should be done. #AheadInDigital helps tackle the problem by bringing employers to work together to generate a pipeline of talent amongst the young.
Aimed at young people who live in your region, #AheadInDigital involves a series of exciting careers and experiential activities delivered with digital businesses in conjunction with schools and colleges. These activities increase understanding of digital roles and inspire more young people to choose the sector.
#AheadinDigital helps to
- Increase the diversity of the talent pool and in turn the workforce;
- Challenge perceptions about the sector;
- Develop the skills that young people will need to be successful;
- Broaden the appeal of the digital sector to the future workforce;
We have been working with employers large and small, education institutions and councils to help close the digital skills gap over the last few years and are now significantly expanding the programme.
What is #AheadInDigital?
#AheadinDigital creates a calendar of exciting activities scheduled throughout the school year that allow those within industry to connect with young people and inspire them about opportunity within the sector. With a wide range of activities to choose them, anyone – from entrepreneurs, start-ups, microbusinesses, SMEs and the largest private and public sector digital employers – can get involved.
By working together we can deliver consistent messages and pool resources and efforts to achieve much more. #AheadInDigital will also save you time by providing direct access to students and doing all the organising for you.
How does it work?
There are opportunities for everyone to get involved regardless of the size of your business:
- Careers activities – you or your business can sign up to take part in primary tech showcases, digital careers panels and speed networking sessions that will ignite interest in digital roles
- Cross-school sector events – you can take part in a series of full day events such as our female-led #GIRLTECH days or #TECHTOUR workplace visits
- Something different? – you can work with us to develop something bepoke such as your own branded enterprise challenge, teaching resources, a promotional film or your own work experience scheme.
The scheme removes the effort involved in dealing directly with multiple schools and our upfront planning and thorough support means that activity with young people is invariably a great deal of fun and both successful and rewarding.
As a social enterprise your sponsorship, either through buying a seat/stand at these activities or sponsoring a whole activity, covers the cost of delivering each meaningful, exciting activity either through crowdfunding or whole sponsorship so that other small businesses, start ups or freelancers with no budget can take part at no charge.
How can you get involved?
Sign up and pledge your support on this page.
If you have any ideas that you would like to discuss please contact Megan Lipp at firstname.lastname@example.org