Switch to Digital Careers Week
GMCA teams up with Manchester Digital to launch "Switch to Digital Careers Week".
22:12 11 September 2020
"Switch to Digital Careers Week" has been launched by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in partnership with Manchester Digital to provide assistance to anyone considering starting a career in tech.
The initiative is set to educate employees who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic on how they can use their skills and experience to secure a role in the technology and digital sector.
The online event, which features speakers from AutoTrader, Microsoft, Co-op Digital and Code Nation, will help individuals looking for a job in identifying and applying transferrable skills as well as building confidence to make the switch.
Katie Gallagher, managing director of Manchester Digital, said: "Covid-19 has permanently changed the way we do business and the impact on some industries will be permanent. Whilst this and the subsequent economic downturn will mean that many people lose their jobs it has also created further opportunities in the digital and tech sector. Whilst the picture is nuanced and not the case for every digital and tech business, there is still demand for people with strong digital skills. The sudden move to remote working and the need for companies to shift operations online will also add to that demand over the next few years."
Sean Fielding, GMCA's lead for employment, skills and digital, added: "In Greater Manchester, we are working hard to address the immediate digital skills shortage and are working with employers to diversify and grow their workforce. The Switch to Digital careers week will be an excellent opportunity for people considering a career change to find out more about working in the digital sector and the career pathways available to them across Greater Manchester."