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Date: Tuesday October 17th  |  Time: 09:00 – 16:00  |  Location: The Exchange

Digital Skills Symposium

Narrowing the digital skills gap

The digital skills gap continues to widen, the ‘great resignation’ continues and tech recruitment remains fiercely competitive. This event will provide expertise in how to attract, recruit, retain and develop digital talent within a growing organisation.

Creating talent for a future world


Victoria Pargetter-Garner
Assistant Director (Business Engagement & Research Impact)

Suzie Branch-Haddow
Vice Principal (
External Development)

Rebecca Riley
Associate Professor and Co-Director (Enterprise, Engagement and Impact)

Nicola Wilkins
Academic Director for Digital Education and Equity

Stephen Paterson
Chief of Tech Evolution & People

Richard Bovey
Club Executive

Jack Tasker
Business Engagement Partner

Martin Ward
West Midlands Tech Commissioner

Tony Randle
Partner & Head of Client Strategy

Mikayla Sinead
Community Manager

Monica Todd
Product Principal

Stephanie Burras

Harriet Perks
Academy and Onboarding Lead

Suneal Ram Kissun
Social Impact Partnerships Manager

Richard Kuti
Inclusion Lead

Claire Ross
Director of DE&I


09:00-10:00 - Registration, refreshments and networking

An opportunity to network and speak with other tech leaders interested in digital skills

10:00-10:30 - Opening Remarks

Opening remarks from TechWM, UoB and AND Digital

10:30-11:15 - Setting the scene: What the data says about the regional skills gap, and what it means for your organisation

Reflections from last year’s Birmingham Tech Week and updates on the state of the digital skills space across the West Midlands.

11:15-11:30 - Coffee Break

Grab a coffee and have a chat

11:30-13:00 - PANEL: Why D&I strategies fail and what to do about it (including Q&A)

Recruiting and retaining digital talent with emphasis on direct experiences from discussants of fundamental reasons D&I strategies in recruitment fail and how to avoid those traps, and then how to ensure sustained commitment to D&I strategies once recruitment has been successful.

13:00-13:45 - Lunch and Networking

Opportunity to network over lunch and discuss digital skills with your peers

13:45-14:30 - Fireside chat on AI and the future of work

Discussion on the current digital skills challenges and what we can do to ensure the region is a digital talent hotspot

14:45-16:00 - Developing digital talent: Insights on learning and development

Hear practical insights on how organisations are rising to the challenge (and opportunities) of digital skills, covering spectrum of pipeline development through to re/up-skilling.