“Help young people plug the digital skills gap for businesses” urge Stunell & Smart

As the business world gets more tech-savvy it’s demanding more tech-savvy people.  Small businesses say digital skills are lacking in Stockport’s local workforce and prevent them growing.  Training up our young people is the answer to help plug this gap. Digital Day aims to help to do just this. 

Digital Day, 8th October 2014, is an initiative to bridge the gap between young people and the digital industry, and is calling on Stockport schools and Stockport digital agencies to get involved with the day.

Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove said –

“Over half of Stockport’s small businesses know their staff will need to be more tech-savvy in the next three years in order to cope with the demands of the business industry, but often businesses struggle to find these e-skills.  This is why training up our local workforce in digital skills is so important and will set us in good stead for the future.”

“Digital Day is a great way to start equipping our young people with the skills our businesses need.  I urge our local digital agencies to help out if they can and our local schools to get involved so their pupils can take advantage of this opportunity.”

Commenting, Andrew Stunell MP said -

“Whatever business you are in it is getting more and more important to have staff who are at home in the digital world if you want to grow and prosper.  Getting young people connected to the digital industry is great for them, and also for our local economy.”

The 2013 event had over 4,000 pupils aged between 13-17 discovering digital careers, meeting the industry professionals and hearing all about agency life. We provided free of charge, videos and assets to all the students who participated in a BIMA Challenge. These challenges spanned across digital design, mobile, social media and coding.

BIMA Digital Day or D-Day for short is a nationwide event that is happening on 08/10/2014 linking digital professionals from across the UK's creative & professional sectors with young people in our schools and colleges. 

Andrew Stunell MP & Lisa Smart, PPC, co-hosted a Google workshop for local businesses in April this year to help improve their e-skills.  Google provided Stockport business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs advice and tips on making the most of the Internet and growing their business online.


Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove said –

 “The Google event was a great success, and I think all businesses that attended found it worthwhile.  A successful online presence is vital for many of our local businesses in Stockport and successful small businesses mean a strong local economy – so supporting our local businesses is key.   This is why I’m so glad we were able to bring free Google help to Stockport!”  

For more information on the Digital Day initiative visit - https://www.bimadday.org.uk/default.aspx

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