Digital technology youth initiative launches in Scotland
A project aiming to help Scottish school pupils learn about digital skills with a hands-on focus is set to launch next month in Aberdeen.
Comprising of a set of roadshows throughout Scotland, Discovering Digital World, aims to promote careers in the digital technology industry.
Students will be able to take part in workshops and masterclasses, talk to industry employers and observe demonstrations testing out products and dabbling in coding, design and developing.
There will also be sessions for parents and teachers, to provide them with skills and information to enable them to better engage with employers and create opportunities.
Discovering Digital World is a partnership between national youth charity Young Scot and My World of Work, Skills Development Scotland’s online careers information and advice service.
The events are part of the Digital World initiative, a campaign to promote careers in the digital technology industry which has been developed by the sector in partnership with Skills Development Scotland.
Louise Macdonald, CEO of Young Scot, said, “Every young person should have the opportunity to learn about the careers available to them regardless of where they live. That’s why this project, delivered through Digital World in association with My World of Work, is so vital. It is a fantastic opportunity to reach these young people and make them aware of the amazing digital careers, learning and training that are on offer to them.”
Throughout March and April, the roadshows will be held in Dundee, Oban, Inverness, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Galashiels and Glasgow.
A Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s ICT and Digital Technologies Sector was launched last year, backed by £6.6 million from the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership. The plan identified the potential for 11,000 job opportunities in Scotland each year until 2020, often paying well above average.