DLWeek- Skills roundup

Written by Eleanor Crouch, Digital Leaders

Digital Leaders Week saw a lot of events aiding SMEs and charities with increasing their digital skills within the workforce in an age of digital transformation. These events took place across the UK, including Scotland, Yorkshire and Wales. The events also heard from a variety of speakers from different sectors, advising listeners on how to improve their digital presence and skill-set in the digital age.

On Tuesday Lloyds Banking Group and Google collaborated to provide a Digital Skills Workshop in Edinburgh and Sheffield. The aim of these workshops was to improve the digital presence of SMEs and charities, alongside the digital skills of their workforce. Speakers, including Jonny Rae-Evans, Head of Design & UX at Reason Digital, discussed developing business online through websites, social media, cyber security and online banking.

In Newport we heard representatives from Wolfberry Cyber, vatmate and LinguaSkin and also the DL Wales Local Champion, Simon Renault discuss Newport’s journey to innovation and the fast-growing technology revolution. The event involved interactive workshops and the entrepreneurs’ personal experiences of commercialising innovation. They stressed the importance of Cyber and information security as a process, not product and talked software innovation.

We heard from the Digital Leader of the Year 2017, Helen Milner opening the Good Things Foundation MeetUp in Sheffield. Digital Leaders gathered to network and discuss digital inclusion and skills in Yorkshire; sharing ideas, inspirations and achievements over informal drinks.


DL Wales collaborated with Tramshed Tech to host a digital leadership and transformation workshop. We had four short presentations from Simon Renault, Head of Special Projects at Innovation Point and Digital Leaders Champion for Wales; Digital Communities Wales team at the Wales Co–operative Centre; Rhondda Cynon Taff Council and David Veryard, Microsoft. The speakers then discussed the current and future need for skills of all three sectors. Read Iain Tweedale’s thoughts on the Salon here.

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