Showcase targets London’s digital skills gap
Young people in central London are being urged to turn their smartphone and social media skills into a career choice – and boost London businesses which desperately need digital expertise.
The UK is crying out for a staggering 745,000 more workers with digital skills over the next year, growing to an additional 2.3 million digital workers by 2020. And workers in the tech industries are earning a third more than the all-industry average.
To help 16-24-year-olds to consider a digital career, employment and skills specialist Seetec has organised a Digital Careers Showcase in partnership with Lambeth Council, and supported by the European Social Fund. The Showcase takes place at Pop Brixton on Friday 28 April from 1pm to 4pm.
Helpful advisers will be available to discuss apprenticeships, traineeships, college courses and digital job vacancies, as well as providing CV reviews and advice. Digital employers Carphone Warehouse and O2 will be attending, along with Digital Skills UK and the Digital Youth Academy.
Young people can apply at the event for current vacancies, apprenticeships and traineeships. The Showcase, at South London’s transformative pop-up creative business and community space, is open to 16-24-year-olds living in Greater London not currently in work, education or training.
Seetec’s Belinda White, Partnership Manager – Youth Programmes, said: “Many young people have grown up spending hours on their smartphones and social media sites and have genuine skills and knowledge in using this technology – far more so than many older, experienced workers.
“London businesses are crying out for these skills to help them to adapt and grow. In the UK half of digital businesses report that digital vacancies are hard to fill. This is a huge opportunity for young people to help shape the future – just come along to find out more.”
To book a place at the Digital Careers Showcase on 28 April, or for more information, click here: http://mycareerlondon.co.uk/events/