During these tough times we must ensure that young people continue to have access to high-quality careers advice. That’s why we’re using this new digital climate to reach young people from across the UK, tackling vocational snobbery by providing inspirational careers advice for the benefit of young people, employers, and the UK economy.

In October 2021, over two days we’ll discuss how digital skills are key to enabling success in your future career. With digital skills becoming ever more vital it’s an event not to be missed.

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Line up of talks

Wed 13 October: 9:30-10:00

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Find out what you need to join the digital workforce, hear our careers such as digital marketing or event management could be right for you!

NWSLC will be talking about what is available for young people looking to join the digital workforce. They will be joined by students working in radio, digital marketing, and event management who use digital skills in their roles everyday. You will hear from the College’s Digital Skills Academy about courses and apprenticeships.

Wed 13 October: 10:15-10:45

Hear how a career in IT and digital could help you succeed

To inspire and encourage the next generation of young people considering a career in IT and digital, BCS is proud to partner with WorldSkillsUK on Spotlight Talks: Inspiring Careers Excellence. We’re committed to delivering valuable education pathways, training and networking opportunities to support the next generation of digital professionals who are looking to excel in their IT careers. Whether you’re thinking about an apprenticeship or in the early stages of your digital career, our resources will give you the practical skills, knowledge and guidance to help you succeed in your future career.

Wed 13 October: 11:00-11:30

From software engineering to Cyber security, get a digital career with Dell

At Dell Technologies, there are endless challenges and rewards. Watch the session to find out more about the latest opportunities in software engineering and cyber security could be right for you.

Wed 13 October: 11:45-12:15

Rolls-Royce logo

Could a digital solutions apprenticeship be right for you?

We believe in the positive transforming potential of technology, during this session we will showcase how our degree apprenticeships in digital and technology solutions could be the right career choice for you.

Wed 13 October: 1:30-2:00

Details tbc

Wed 13 October: 2:05-2:30

Unlock your potential with Digital innovators

Digital Innovators is an award-winning training provider specialising in giving young people access to fulfilling career opportunities with the skills employers value. We will be hearing from founder Mick Westman, as well as students who have benefitted from the course working in key business sectors, to showcase how we provide opportunities to learn life skills, work on live business projects to gain valuable work experience and unlock innate digital and problem-solving skills.

Thu 14 October: 9:30-10:00

The b1M

Be inspired into a career by content from the worlds largest youtube channel for construction

The B1M is the world’s largest, most subscribed-to (and generally best) video channel for construction. We inspire a better industry by sharing knowledge and expertise with a mass audience. We attract the best talent by showing construction at its best to millions.

Thu 14 October: 10:15-10:45

How you can be part of the digital future of construction with Autodesk

Autodesk will be proving insight an overview of the digital future of construction. The session will feature prominent speakers on the pathways into the construction sector and how digital skills are vital to its development. In this session we will aim to inspire the next generation of construction workers.

Thu 14 October: 11:00-11:30

Find out how you can be part of building an enduring legacy impact and purpose by joining Mace. This exciting livestream will feature an interview with a BIM and Digital Engineering lead, Ivana on how she got into the industry.

Thu 14 October: 11:45-12:15

Hear from a global group of AECOM experts on how they are coming together to tackle some of the main challenges facing our society today.

Thu 14 October: 1:00-1:30

E-STEAM – develop your digital skills for the future

Hear how Everton football club and Sphero sports are working together to provide the very best STEM opportunities.

Thu 14 October: 1:30-2:00

PWC logo

Find your flying start with PWC

At PWC we offer a diverse range of opportunities that incorporate a range of digital skills including software engineering, computer scientist and financial crime analysts. We will feature apprentices from our flying start programme to bring to life how we can support you to find the best path for you.

Thu 14 October: 2:05-2:30

How to get started in the Games, Animation, and VFX Industries

The UK’s creative industries are growing year on year, with a combined annual worth of over £9.5billion! Some of the world’s biggest movies, animation, and games are made right here in the UK, and these leading studios are always looking for new talent.

Join this livestream with NextGen Skills Academy and IntoGames to meet young people who are working in the industry. Discover routes in and what it’s really like to work in a creative studio, find out what skills employers are looking for, and how you can get noticed and started in this vibrant sector.

In partnership with BCS

We’re proud to partner with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, on the Spotlight Talks digital skills event. BCS is the professional body for computing with 60,000 members in 150 countries. As a charity with a Royal Charter, BCS is working to raise standards across IT education and the industry, addressing ethical challenges, creating a diverse and sustainable workforce, and equipping everyone to thrive in the digital world.

Spotlight Talks in numbers

166,000

registrants

74%

of young people were inspired

85%

of educators are better able to advise students after attending

30+

different inspiring speakers from a wide range of backgrounds

Watch previous Spotlight Talks

Spotlight Talks are a fantastic opportunity for young people of all ages, and especially during these difficult times. It was well received by all of our students, including one who produced his own computer programme after watching one of the talks.

Lisa Millward, Careers Lead at Erdington Academy

In an education environment, if we’ve got external speakers saying the same things as the teachers, it might help everything to click. When the students are listening to someone who is in industry, like an architect, who can talk about where they started off from, how they got to where they are, and the highs and the lows of their career so far it resonates more.

Ellie Davies, The Bournemouth and Poole College

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