North East digital skills and social media training organisation Raw Digital Training, led by Joanna Wake, has been confirmed in the Digital Leaders 100 list for 2017.
The Teesside firm has been acknowledged as a leading champion of digital transformation across cross-sector industries, which has seen the firm train over 3,000 people, having launched just over three years ago.
The independent list recognises 100 people and organisations across the nation and the list has previously featured industry names such as Martha Lane-Fox, Mike Bracken, Liam Maxwell, Kevin Cunnington and Eileen Burbidge.
The 100 finalists that make up the list will now compete for the public vote in one of 10 categories and this year’s list is made up of individuals and organisations. 50 come from the private sector, 29 from the public sector and 20 from the nonprofit sector.
Leading by example, the DL100 list has a 50/50 gender split, recognising the diversity in digital transformation roles and the leading women across the industry.
Speaking after its inclusion in this year's finalist list, Raw Digital Training's Managing Director, Joanna Wake, said: “It feels incredible to be put forward for this, not least because this is a win for a group of organisations and businesses.
“Our participants, who come every single day, arrive early, are hungry to learn, and do absolutely everything asked of them and more. This has by far been the most rewarding work of my career to date, the formula is working, and we will be extending our delivery to hopefully help even younger employed people.”
“Voting begins now. We're in the UK top 100 list now for the next year which is a great achievement for small organisations from the North East to be recognised as UK leaders in this field, but please do vote for us, so we could be in with a chance of winning our category.”
Nine UK regions are represented in this year’s list, including the North East, reflecting the national reach of the Digital Leaders Community.
Robin Knowles, CEO of Digital Leaders, added: “We are once again proud to see the incredible recognition of leading female role models in the DL100. As a list that is nominated from our extensive Digital Leaders network, we’re always eager to see new names and faces featured on the list and to have achieved such a diverse mix of names from all sectors is a huge achievement for the Digital Leaders community.
“There are few organisations that can claim they have successfully gathered a list with 50/50 representation! We’re extremely excited to see who comes out top in our public vote!”
The inclusion on the illustrious list comes on the back of Raw Digital Training's PEEEPs On Route Digital Programme - a first of its kind - which the company created with partners Safe in Tees Valley as part of the European-funded Youth Employment Initiative.
DL100 recognised the programme as one of the leading digital skills initiatives of the year. The programme is designed to combat the digital skills gap and continues to deliver cutting edge industry digital skills for people aged between 16-29 who are currently unemployed.