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Finding Tomorrow’s Digital Engineers

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Horsham

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The Gatwick Diamond and Tomorrow's Engineers' SE Network invite you to attend ‘Finding Tomorrow’s Digital Engineers’ Forum.

According to the Office for National Statistics in 2016, the Gatwick Diamond has 2,885 digital technology businesses, with almost 8,000 employees, delivering a turnover of £1bn. The Gatwick Diamond hosts a significant ‘Digital Diamond’ economy which has not been adequately recognised despite being home to such international brands as games company Creative Assembly and hundreds of smaller businesses successfully trading globally.

But the shortage in digital skills represents a key bottleneck for the industry. There is an increasing range of activities and occupations where digital skills are needed but supply is not adequate. There is a lack of awareness of career opportunities, sometimes reflecting skill and gender stereotypes around the types of roles that exist. And there are challenges in matching the speed of change in the education sector, to the speed of demand, and the rapidly changing skill sets needs in the economy and society.

Businesses and Educators need to focus on the skills’ needs of the Digital Technologies industry in the Gatwick Diamond as a matter of urgency. Positively, the Apprenticeship Levy and arrival of the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship have opened new routes to recruit those skills, retaining the talent in the area.

This Forum is an opportunity for you to hear presentations from leading digital technology business and contribute to the following discussion with businesses, universities and colleges. The Forum will end with a shared debate amongst the audience and the panel of speakers. We will have debated:

- the Digital Technologies’ Talent Pipeline

- overcoming barriers

- sharing best practice

- future opportunities.

Refreshments will be provided. The event will finish at 7pm.

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