Dorset’s agencies, universities, colleges and businesses are coming together on 7th October to host a free, one-day conference on digital careers and opportunities for the young people of the county.
Entitled ‘Digital Day Bournemouth’, the event will be held at the Bournemouth Pavilion and is open to around 400 young people aged 14 to 19 years old. It is part of the national BIMA Digital Day activity, which aims to raise awareness of digital careers among young people.
Andrew Henning, CEO of Redweb and Chief Organiser of Digital Day said:
“We’re delighted by the generosity and high profile speakers we have been able to attract. Everyone in the industry is aware of the need for more skills and talent, and this event is a way to try and raise awareness to an age group still to make their career choices.”
Dorset and neighbouring schools are being invited to bring groups of students, and the event is also open to individuals outside the education system who are looking for ways to get into the creative industries. Henning adds:
“Creative industries is the second biggest sector in the UK. It generates £70,000 per minute for the UK economy and created 144,000 jobs last year alone. However, the way people get into the industry is much more hit and miss than, say, banking. This is due to a predominately SME landscape.
“The demand for staff in digital is unrelenting, from games development, apps design, web design, visual effects for films, search engines and social media – the list goes on. Digital is touching every factor of our lives and this is generating a wealth of jobs for our young people. But our research shows the awareness of opportunities is very poor.”
The day will feature a host of acclaimed speakers from across the industry. Among those sharing their expertise will be Matt Hawkins from C4L who was Dorset Business Entrepreneur 2013, and LV= Group eCommerce Director Paul Wishman. Jonny Tooze from London agency Lab, who is an expert on drone technology will also be speaking.
Bournemouth University, Arts University College Bournemouth, and local colleges and agencies are also exhibiting, providing young people with the opportunity to speak face-to-face with industry professionals and academics about what it’s like to work in the industry.
Finally as part of the event, there will be a competition with a theme of ‘the Internet of Things’, sponsored by C4L. Participants will be asked to imagine how everyday objects can be further enhanced by connecting them to the web.