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Digital Skills Week to inspire young people into the industry

Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow has organised industry tours on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April, inspiring young people to get excited about all things digital, as part of SDS Digital Skills Week.

Girls Go Digital 

Girls Go Digital is an interactive event for S2 and S3 pupils across five schools, which will aim to inspire more girls to think about a career in the industry. 50 pupils from across Hillhead Secondary, Knightswood Secondary, Rosshall Academy, St Roch’s Secondary and Springburn Academy will attend the event at the Tontine Building in Merchant City on Thursday 20 April.

Pupils will be given the chance to work directly with forward thinking organisations including Dell, Equator, Jem Digital and Weber Shandwick. The workshops will highlight the variety of job roles available in the sector, to give a real insight into the work each business specialises in, as well as outlining key skills and qualities the industry is keen to attract.

Women represent just 18% of women in digital tech roles in Scotland, with fewer girls choosing computing subjects at school. Girls Go Digital will enable girls who have still to make subject choices identify progression pathways, including Foundation Apprenticeships, and encourage them to consider their futures in a burgeoning sector of the labour market.

BBC and SEC Tours 

On Friday 21 April, S2 and S3 pupils from Hillhead and St Roch’s Secondary Schools will take part in two industry insight tours at the BBC and SEC. The tours will focus on digital skills and aims to inspire young people to consider a career within the thriving digital sphere, breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions about job roles and opportunities available in the future.

The pupils will be given an introduction to the BBC and the importance of technology within the organisation, before having a tour of the building, taking part in an interactive session and meeting key digital teams to learn about BBC Bitesize, social media and the homepage.

Following the BBC, the pupils will then make their way to SEC, where a jam packed schedule will give an insight into the importance of technologies in the event sector. The young people will learn about coordinating the lights, the promotion of ticket sales, editing content and live streaming through interactive workshops.

SEC has also offered to allow the pupils to work with the social media team and contribute to a blog post, which will be shared live on the day, blogging about their experience.

Both events hope to leave the young people inspired and encourage interest in the industry.

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