Business leaders and students gathered to discuss skills needs for the digital sector at an event at BT Adastral Park.
The event, organised by the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network, looked at the opportunities and challenges facing tech firms. The panel, chaired by Jordan Holder, Enterprise Coordinator for the Ipswich Opportunity Area, discussed a range of topics including attracting students from disadvantaged communities into the industry, ways to retain talent in the local area and how schools and universities can prepare young people for the jobs of the future.
Jordan was joined on the panel by Alison Thomas, HR Director – Coderus, Jonathan Legh Smith, Head of Research & Strategic Planning – BT, Michael Gray, Skills and Employment Manager at Suffolk County Council and Ben Miller, Business Development at Process Flows.
Jordan said: “Following the recent signing of the New Anglia Sector Skills Plan for Digital Tech, it was great to get businesses, education leaders and students together to look at the challenges and opportunities which the sector is facing.
“An estimated 10,000 tech roles – both new and replacement of existing positions – will be needed in Suffolk and Norfolk by 2024, so it’s vital that we start talking about how we make sure we have the people and the skills we need to meet that demand. Digital Tech offers fantastic career opportunities for young people, with brilliant jobs here in the region, so it’s great to be able to showcase that.”
Following a lively panel discussion, guests were treated to a tour of BT’s showcase suite.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network connects senior, local business leaders with senior leaders in local schools and colleges, helping to motivate and inspire young people, to make a major impact on their work prospects.
To find out more about the Enterprise Adviser Network, visit //newanglia.co.uk/the-new-anglia-enterprise-adviser-network/