Nick Dean, Director at our Preferred Supplier AdLib joined a panel to discuss the local creative ecology at Digital Bristol Workshop Day last week.
Innovation, talent and the local creative ecology were the key subjects discussed at last weeks hugely successful Digital Bristol workshop Day.
Amongst a packed schedule ADLIB’s Nick Dean joined Ben Glynn from Potato, Dan Wilks of Creative Skillset, Helen Hagelthorn from BBC Bristol, Sam Thomson from KWMC/UWE and Nicky Williams from the Creative Skills Hub at the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership in a discussion focussing on smarter recruiting for digital skills.
Unsurprisingly the conversation turned to the well documented challenge of recruiting technology specialists and developers not only on a regional basis but also nationally. It was enlightening to hear from Nicky Williams, Creative Skills Adviser at the Creative Skills Hub in the West of England LEP that there is hope with some financial support and match funding available to train and develop the junior coders of the future through the Creative Skillset Challenge Fund (http://www.creativeskillset.org/funding/SIF/flashes/article_9361_1.asp), which should go some way to closing the skills gap in forthcoming years. The Creative Skills Hub is working in the West of England to ensure that talent and skills provision matches the growing creative industries needs; both now and in the future. The Hub also partner closely with the sectors skills councils (Creative Skillset and Creative and Cultural Skills) to ensure a joined up approach to support regional growth for the creative sector.
Furthermore it was noted of the push to raise awareness within the educational system of how statistic based subjects such as mathematics have a massive importance within the creative, technology and digital sectors through an understanding of data, really driving home the importance of a FUSION of skills across the curriculum. Better informed career information, advice and guidance in secondary schools was also cited as a challenge for the creative industries with uninformed careers advisors not having the right access to industry and current industry knowledge on pathways into a career in the creative industries.
If you’d like more information on the work of the Creative SKills Hub at The West of England Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and understand the work they are doing with businesses and local authorities to support economic growth head over to www.westofenglandlep.co.uk
If you’d like to make contact with one of the team specifically to talk about the funding and support available to help grow and support the digital and technology in your team please contact Nicky Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org