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Manchester Digital announces speakers and main sponsors for its Digital Skills Festival

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Manchester Digital’s annual Digital Skills Festival returns in February - bringing together the digital and tech sector with students, job seekers and apprentices. Manchester Digital has announced that Google’s director of strategy and operations UK&I Craig Fenton is one of its keynote speakers for its annual Digital Skills Festival, along with Alison Ross at Autotrader and chair at Manchester Digital.

The event takes place from Monday, February 7 to Friday, February 11, 2022, at locations around Manchester (*Covid restrictions permitting), with some events online.

The week’s events also include the biggest careers fair in the North called Talent Day, with some of the top tech employers such as Autotrader, Naimuri, Zühlke, Bentley, BT, the UK Home Office, BAE and many more. The education partners for the event are the University of Salford and the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

There will be around 250 jobs on offer, ranging from developer and software engineer roles through to digital marketing and user experience.

The event will also see the annual Skills Audit 2022 results announced, which give us an insight into the tech and digital industry in the second year of Covid restrictions and a fast-changing tech industry.

Katie Gallagher, managing director of Manchester Digital, said:

“ The majority of tech companies are growing but struggling to recruit talent with the right tech skills. Getting young people into the tech industry and ensuring graduates' roles are filled by the right candidates is a vital part of the jigsaw to fill the growing tech and digital skills shortage.

“ Our skills festival also takes place during National Apprentice Week, so we’ll also be showcasing the different pathways that young people could take into the tech industry.

“ We’re thrilled to welcome Craig Fenton from Google UK and Ireland to talk about the future of tech education, as well as our chair Alison Ross and everyone who is taking part in our panel discussions.

Last year’s Manchester Digital Skills Audit found that 40% of businesses surveyed saw growth in the past year, and half of businesses hired graduates and a third hired apprentices.  Earlier this year, a report by Tech Nation found that just over a quarter of all job openings in Manchester were for tech roles.

For the full week’s schedule, please visit: https://digitalskillsfestival.com/

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