Leeds LEP launches initiative to fill digital jobs

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Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership has launched a new inaitive aimed at helping and inspiring people train, re-train or up-skill to fill the growing number of digitally skilled jobs in the region.

Visitors to the new Discover Digital website will find information and links to explore new careers, potential employers and hear inspiring stories to help them develop their career. The site also features business profiles and links to useful networks and learning providers.

According to the Northern Tech 100 Report by Tech North, Leeds City Region is home to 23 of the fastest growing technology businesses in the North.

The sector combines creative media, data analytics, cyber security, FinTech, telecoms and health and education technologies and is already transforming global businesses.

In addition, the region boasts the highest number of scale-up digital companies outside the South East and is outstripping Bristol and Manchester for employment growth in digital and creative industries.

By helping people develop their skills and advance their careers and prospects through Discover Digital, the LEP aims address Leeds City Region’s digital skills shortage and prevent it being a barrier to productivity.

Tech Nation’s Report 2018 showed that the City Region is in line with a UK digital skills shortage. The UK network for tech entrepreneurs reported that when asked, 50% of the UK’s digital tech community highlighted a shortage of highly skilled employees and nearly 25% described sourcing talent as a ‘major challenge’.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Bradford Council, said: “With digital sector jobs set to grow at 10 times the rate of non-digital jobs across the City Region, it is essential that we ensure people can find out about them and can acquire the skills that they need to excel in these fields.

“Through Discover Digital we are demystifying and explaining the roles, the skills and the qualifications required, and providing people with real-life examples of people that have switched to digital jobs and the companies the can work for.

“I would urge anyone whether they are planning a career change, wanting to up-skill or have recently graduated to visit the Discover Digital website and find out how they can be part of this hugely successful and growing field.”