Pledge your support for Growing Talent Digital Leeds
If you'd like to talk to us now about getting involved in Growing Talent Digital Leeds please complete the form below. We will be holding a launch event on 30 September for employers to attend, so please scroll to the bottom this page and register for that event.
** SPONSORSHIP **
If your organisation would like to join some of the region's top digital employers and sponsor even more activities for young people as part of Growing Talent Digital Leeds over the next year then please contact us by completing the form above.
Our sponsorship opportunities represent a unique and flexible opportunity to promote your organisation to the future talent pipeline and we can work with you to meet your wider corporate objectives too.
Growing Talent Digital Leeds
87% of advertised jobs in the UK require digital skills. In Leeds alone there are almost 35,000 people employed in digital but the vast majority of businesses have still been reporting difficulty in recruiting candidates with the skills they need in 2021.
Growing Talent Digital Leeds is tackling the problem by harnessing the combined resources of many different employers and partners to inspire and encourage young people aged 11-18 years to pursue a career in digital.
Led and funded by some of the city's top employers, Growing Talent Digital Leeds is an annual programme of interactive activities that help young people understand that digital skills will help them access exciting and rewarding careers.
The programme is designed to address the specific skills gaps in digital and develop a pipeline of talent for the city by targeting young people that do not currently see their place in these jobs. Working together we aim to break down barriers and address misconceptions to improve the diversity of the future workforce and ensure digital jobs are accessible to everyone.
Ahead Partnership is at the heart of the approach, bringing partners together to help them work together and turning plans and ideas into concrete action to ensure digital skills are driven forward across the city.
How does it work?
Growing Talent Digital Leeds involves a year-round programme of exciting careers and skills activities led by employers such as masterclasses, careers panels, festivals and events.
The programme includes a mix of in-person and virtual activities to be able to reach as many young people as possible through the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, and activities range from city-wide skills events to workshops delivered at individual schools and colleges. Together we want to gradually reach every secondary school and college in Leeds with these inspiring and valuable experiences.
There are opportunities for employers of all sizes and across industries to get involved and volunteer their time, expertise or sponsorship to bring as many activities and opportunities to the city's young people as possible. Every sector needs to promote digital skills and we are committed to showing young people just how broadly digital skills are needed across the business landscape.
How can I get involved?
We are inviting all businesses who are interested in Growing Talent Digital Leeds to a breakfast launch event during Leeds Digital Festival to find out more about the programme and hear from the sponsors involved.
Please complete the form below to register your place.