Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Creative Lancashire aims to boost digtal jobs with networking event

A special event in Lancaster to help digital businesses understand how to find, attract and retain talent takes place tomorrow.

Lancashire Digital Network: Growing Pains - Skills and Talent Development, has been organised by Creative Lancashire, in collaboration with Manchester Digital and will take place at the Storey Creative Industries Centre.

Speakers at the free event (which you need to register with to attend) will include Michael Gibson from Lancaster-based Fat Media and Jeremy Coates from Preston-based Magma Digital.

Lack of digital skills is the number one obstacle to business growth in the North West, according to a recent survey carried out by Manchester Digital. The organisation will share their findings from their recent skills survey at the event, before handing over to a panel of experts to address topics such as the challenges for digital and creative organisations; and competing to attract talented professionals at a time when they are in short supply.

They'll also look at how to keep staff updated on the latest tech developments when training budgets are tight and how universities and schools are preparing the next generation of talented digital professionals.

Creative Lancashire is a service provided by Lancashire County Council, through its economic development company, Lancashire County Developments Ltd.

"It's important that businesses working in the digital sector are aware of what schemes and mechanisms there are to help them," says Ruth Raban from Creative Lancashire. "It's also important that they can bring in the right talent and keep their staff updated on changes in the industry, so that they can be at the forefront of the digital sector."

Skills and Talent Development is the first in a series of Growing Pains events to launch the Lancashire Digital Network and the collaboration between Manchester Digital and Creative Lancashire.

The new initiative will bring together organisations and individuals from all parts of the industry - from creative to technical, from software to media, from telecommunications to marketing - to share expertise and enhance the reputation of digital businesses in the region.

Over the coming months, there will be a series of events, initiatives and projects designed to connect, enhance and retain digital talent in the region.

An event with BBC North will examine the impact of Media City and opportunities for the region's creative and media businesses.

• Lancashire Digital Network: Growing Pains - Skills and Talent Development 6.00pm Wednesday 26 June in the Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

• The Lancashire Digital Network event is free to attend, but registration is essential. You can register via the event page on the Creative Lancashire website

• For more information, visit www.creativelancashire.org. You can also follow them  @CreativeLancs

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