A few weeks ago, Co-op Digital sponsored the Manchester Digital Skills Festival, an event that promotes careers and collaboration in tech, digital and design. Students, graduates and educators from local schools and universities had the chance to meet more than 180 digital organisations from across the north west.
Co-op Digital also contributed to an experience day where a group of 13-14 year old pupils from a local Co-op Academy came into The Federation; a talent day for students and graduates with an interest in the industry and a conference day aimed at starting conversations between digital organisations and educators.
During the festival the need for digital organisations to engage with people at a younger age was flagged as a good way of improving diversity in the industry.
With this in mind, pupils were invited from a local Co-op Academy into The Federation. These pupils were given an opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to work in the tech community and took part in user research, coding and agile delivery workshops.
There was a chance for digital organisations to talk to educators from local schools and universities. The 2017 skills audit was a big talking point and Rob Bowley, Head of Engineering, was part of a panel discussing key issues flagged in the report.
Principal Engineer Gemma Cameron talked about the Co-op’s culture and values and how they help to build products and services that meet the needs of members, customers and communities.