Exciting new programme to develop the next generation of digital talent is launched

Date published: 08 February 2019

Up to 200 secondary schools in Greater Manchester will benefit from funding to deliver digital skills to pupils.  

GM Digital Skills aims to get young people excited and involved in learning from a young age, along with building long-term 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 eight-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 three-day Digi Deep Dive programme for boys and girls delivered by Digital Advantage and Hive Learning Network
  • A visit to the inspiring Sharp Project
  • 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

Councillor Kieran Heakin, Rochdale Borough Council’s cabinet member of children’s services, said: “This is a great opportunity for our schools to get involved in, which I hope they all do. It will open a wide range of career opportunities for our young people who gain skills and experience in this.”

To find out more or sign-up to the programme go to:

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