GetDigital event celebrates North East talent

GetDigital event celebrates North East talent

Over 50 apprenticeships, work experience and paid internship opportunities were pledged by North East businesses at an event hosted by Creative North to combat the skills shortage and highlight the abundance of regional talent within the sector.

The GetDigital event, at Newcastle’s Castlegate, saw 60 of the region’s  top creative, digital and tech businesses come together at the special St Patrick’s Day event to offer advice, support and workshops.

During the day the event entertained just under 600 young people from schools, colleges and universities who were keen to learn more about the industry, and discuss intern and apprenticeship opportunities.

The young adults were free to network with businesses, handing out their CV’s and portfolios, as well as trying out some of the latest gadgets including 3D printers and virtual reality headset the Oculus Rift.

Ruth Watson, Event Manager for GetDigital, said: “We had to ensure that the young people were still engaged once they got into the event and that they didn't walk around aimlessly not knowing who to speak too.

“All young people were given a short worksheet which encouraged them to talk to businesses specifically working in their desired field.”

Rob Earnshaw, founder of Creative North said: "It's important for us to retain the young talent of the North and not lose them to London and the likes.

“GetDigital North East was the first of many to introduce young people to our region’s top businesses, ensuring they understand the roles that are available in the industry and the career routes they can take."

The event saw further success, welcoming an additional 300 creative and digital media businesses, freelancers and collaborators in the evening to exchange ideas and celebrate the sector, as well as the hashtag #GetDigital trending regionally on Twitter by the end of the day.