Manchester Digital has announced the return of its Digital Skills Festival in 2022 for a week-long programme that will unite industry and education to tackle the common goal of building a strong future for the digital and tech sector. The February 2022 event will see the return of in-person events to the schedule, after the 2021 event took place entirely online due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Leading Manchester automobile brand Autotrader has confirmed it will be lead sponsor of the event, bringing its knowledge and insights to share with delegates.
The annual Manchester Digital Skills Audit will be released at the event, which audits more than 250 digital and technology businesses, identifying new or emerging trends as well as key issues that the industry faces and skill sets of growing importance.
The Digital Skills Festival 2022 will take place between Monday February 7 and Friday February 11 and will be delivered as a hybrid series of events and activities, with in-person events as well as virtual events (restrictions permitting).
Katie Gallagher, managing director at Manchester Digital, said: “Our 2022 Skills Festival will showcase the best digital and tech companies that Greater Manchester has to offer and puts them in front of the brightest graduates and job seekers.
“Greater Manchester is seeing a larger than ever skills shortage due to the huge growth in the tech and digital industry, which was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over the past 18 months, the pandemic created a definite shift in the way we work, live and shop in a very short space of time. This will create even more opportunities and job roles, so as an industry we need to start training and upskilling our young recruits.”
The festival is one of the most important events in the digital and tech sector’s calendar in Greater Manchester and attracts leading industry professionals, educators, students and job seekers.
To find out more about the full programme: https://digitalskillsfestival.com/programme/