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:

Article Published: 06/02/2019 12:12 PM