Manchester Digital Skills Festival
Manchester Digital's annual Digital Skills Festival to return next month following Brexit.
08:40 22 January 2021
Manchester Digital's annual Digital Skills Festival is set to return next month to encourage more people to start a career in the tech sector as tech vacancies soar.
The five-day event, which will start on Monday 8 February, will connect Northern talents with some of Greater Manchester's biggest tech employers as well as assess the impact of the pandemic and Brexit. It is expected to be attended by hundreds of students from schools, colleges and universities across the region who are interested in starting a career in the tech industry.
Although the UK has been hit by massive job losses after a long list of companies were forced to close down due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, a report released last month reveals that job vacancies in the tech sector continue to soar as more and more entrepreneurs take their businesses online.
Katie Gallagher, Managing Director at Manchester Digital, said: “The pandemic has changed the way we do business and the impact on some industries will be permanent. However, as many businesses look to digitize and shift operations online, and remote working becomes more prominent, this has opened up new opportunities for many parts of the tech industry. While there’s no doubt the picture is nuanced and not the case for every digital and tech business, in general, there’s a still strong demand for suitable people to fill open roles – both technical and non-technical.
“This means we’re seeing plenty of prospects for those looking to start a career in the sector, or perhaps move into the sector from industries that have been badly hit by the pandemic. These opportunities will be showcased at Talent Day – where we’ll share routes into the tech industry for people, whether they’ve worked in it previously or not.”