Digitalisation is an expanding area that is taking the interest of many students and graduates. The next Leeds Digital Festival is looking to be a lot bigger and even better than ever before next year. Their initiative will focus on looking to showcase how individuals can successfully build their careers and companies in the city.
The festival taking place in 2018 is being held between April 16-27. The nature of the event is focused on bringing people together, collaborating in a creative and unique way, that will enhance the reputation of the city’s digital reputation.
“We see more people and companies coming together and working together within Leeds than in many other cities,”
“Part of that is the compact city centre. It’s easier to work with people when they are just a five or ten-minute walk away.
“Partly it’s just that general Yorkshire attitude of let’s all pitch in and help each other.”
Next year’s Digital Festival will be looking mainly at the skills gap within the digital industries. The attitude that is spreading amongst the younger generation is a positive one. These leading festivals help to set an example to other possibilities that can be implemented by other businesses.
Mr Clarke continued to say: “Every single tech company you speak to says one of their biggest issues is making sure that they have enough talent in the pipeline to fill any gaps that they might have.”
Recruiting the right talent can be problematic for a lot of companies. Without the right person for the job it is almost impossible for a company to move forward as a team.
Recognising the skills that we have as individuals is crucial so that we can represent ourselves in the best possible light.
Mr Clarke also made a point of saying that there is an increasing amount of collaboration “between companies from the digital sector and the universities.”
“We’ve seen a lot of companies like Sky Bet and NHS Digital introduce their own apprenticeships and graduate recruitment schemes. That’s helping keep the graduate talent within the city.
“The universities are themselves also working closely with companies. They are also setting up their own digital hubs encouraging their graduate students to become entrepreneurs and stay in the city.”
Across the younger generation, entrepreneurship is a common desire. People are starting to think outside the box and want to develop things for themselves.
The future definitely seems bright and one that will be a very rewarding one.