Event name: Digital Grid Partnership
Event Dates: July 18th, 25th, 2019
As part of his Digital Talent Programme, the Mayor of London is funding research into the higher-level skills needs of London’s tech start-ups, Micros and SMEs.
Digital Skills Solution has recently held two successful events to support this initiative and to contribute to shaping the future of digital talent in London, aiming to:
- engage with key members of the London tech community to identify where digital skills training is lacking or out of date,
- identify short, medium and long term talent requirements directly from the industry,
- develop new, high-level qualifications and training designed to meet the specific needs of London’s tech sector,
- ensure that the new training developed is supported by government funding,
The first Digital Grid Partnership event was held at DSS headquarters in Stratford on Thursday 18th July. The second one took place one week later, on Thursday 25th July, at the Fashion and Textile Museum near London Bridge.
Both events kicked off with a presentation by Carlos Cubillo-Barsi, DSS Managing Director, who introduced the GLA initiative and the findings of a recent report about the employer demand for digital skills, commissioned by DCSM, researched and published by Burning Glass in June this year.
The report divides digital skills into two categories and eight clusters, as illustrated below:
- Baseline skills
> Productivity software
- Specific skills
> Software and programming
> Computer and network support
> Data analysis
> Digital design
> CRM systems
> Digital marketing
> Machining and manufacturing technology
It is evident that digital skills are near universal requirements in this time and age, and that they carry a wage differential and promote career progression. Therefore, the concept of explosive skills was also discussed, where the projected growth for specific digital skills is greater than 100%.
Additionally, a representative of Pearson came to show their support and to discuss with the guests the support that the company provides to help people make progress in their lives through learning.
After the presentation, three workshops took place where attendees had the opportunity to brainstorm about their short, medium, and long-term training and skills needed, talent recruitment, barriers to growth, resources required, and other equally crucial matters.
The events ended with some time to network over a light dinner and some complimentary drinks.
The employers who attended included Giotech, FluidIT, Schneider, Mezzo Labs, Samsung, and JCL Smarthomes, among many others whom we want to thank for coming. We hope it was as valuable to them as it was to us.