Digital leaders from Lloyds Banking Group and local Lanarkshire tech businesses joined forces last week to give 100 local school pupils a chance to explore a career in digital.
The interactive event was held at Orchard Brae Primary in Wishaw as part of a series of nationwide-initiatives that make up the ReDiscover Project. Launched by Lloyds Banking Group, the project promotes digital and tech skills to young people.
At the event, students and teachers from eight surrounding schools – Newmains, Thornlie, Netherton, Berryhill, Orchard, Morningside, Wishaw and Muirhouse – found out how digital skills can act as a springboard in helping to secure jobs in sectors such as manufacturing, gaming and the arts.
On the day pupils were tasked with creating their own online business idea that would work in the real world. They were supported throughout by industry mentors, who helped to hone their digital skills. As well as Lloyds Banking Group, Lanarkshire Care attended the event to work alongside the students and provide insight as to the positive impact strong digital skills has on their organisations.
Philip Grant, Chair of Lloyds Banking Group’s Scottish Executive Committee said: “We want to encourage more young people to consider the benefit digital skills can have on their future careers. From manufacturing to healthcare, nurturing digital talent is essential to future business success, as it impacts all sectors across Scotland.
“44% of firms say they struggle to hire skilled staff in Scotland. We need to make the effort now to close this skills gap and ensure there is a pool of talent ready to go from education, straight to the workplace.
“Events like this enable us to give local pupils the chance to see how they can boost their digital skills and gain the support needed to reach their full potential. As part of our Helping Scotland prosper plan, we want to expand on the pool of digital talent we have here in Scotland and support the development of our future digital leaders.”
The event was hosted as part of the banking group’s Helping Britain Prosper Plan and supports the group’s commitment to provide digital skills training for 1.8million individuals, small businesses and charities by 2020.
The Rediscover project has lesson plans and resources for teachers to help bring a digital spin to non-tech subjects, like English, Maths, media and Business, available at. www.therediscoverproject.co.uk.