Greater Manchester Combined Authority has awarded two contracts as part of the digital talent pipeline for young people. They will deliver a range of projects to get young people excited about digital skills from a young age as well as building sustainable connections between education and the digital industry.
Digital business experts Manchester Digital and a consortium ‘GoDigital’ made up of the White Room, Hive and InnovateHer, will deliver a series of projects supporting the whole of secondary education and beyond.
The programme is part of the Greater Manchester Digital Strategy which aims to put Greater Manchester in the top 5 European Digital City Regions by 2020.
The Go Digital package to schools includes:
- A digital assembly to spark excitement
- A hands-on one day digital making and marketing session
- Support to set up a Code Club
- Access to the award-winning 8 week InnovateHer programme for 200 year 8 girls designed to improve their skills and confidence and give them access to careers mentoring, led by female role models from industry
- Access to a 3-day Digi Deep Dive programme for boys and girls delivered by Digital Advantage and Hive Learning Network
- A visit to the inspiring Sharp Project
- A final challenge event for all students to celebrate their achievements
The Digital Futures part of the package will help educators deliver a curriculum that is effective and relevant, and be able to give specialist career insights. Specific industry-led initiatives include:
- Bringing the computer science curriculum to life in the classroom with support from industry experts
- Helping students and career leads gain insights into working in digital careers from people doing those jobs
- Providing inspiring industry experience visits to digital and technology employers for students, teachers and career leads
- GM Digital Day 2020 – an annual celebration day of digital skills for all schools in Greater Manchester
To find out more or sign-up to the programme go to: www.gmdigitalskills.co.uk
Article Published: 06/02/2019 12:12 PM