Croydon College has hosted the first of a series of Digital Skills Networking Breakfasts sponsored by the GLA. The event, held on 8 September, was an opportunity for digital employers to collaborate with the college, identifying skills gaps so that we can work together to fill them in the future. Providing skills today creates jobs for tomorrow in digital services, including digital marketing, cyber security and coding. In the last 10 years in Croydon alone there has been a 40% increase in digital businesses with over 8,000 people now employed in the digital sector.

Andrew Samu, Editor at Disruption Banking and Digital Start Up, offered great support and advice along with Kavinia Osbourne founder of Women In Blockchain Talks Ltd. Abbie Owen, Business Development Executive for Apprenticeships at Croydon College did a presentation on the success rate of apprenticehips in the academic year of 2021/ 2022, (nearly 80% of apprenticeships started were completed) and reported that a total of 73 employers used Croydon College as their preferred training provider in the years 2021/2022.

Michael Riches, Key Account Manager at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT kept everyone up to date on new digital qualifications and said “Fantastic event, really great to meet local business and support the college with their digital apprenticeship”. Alex Zepherin, founder of Don Dada Studio, Victor Adade, Managing Director at GeoNet and Jonathan Docksey, Creative Director at Design JD, attended among other businesses representing the digital sector in Croydon and offering their support to our learners.

Overall, a successful event. The next Digital Skills Hub Breakfast will take place on 13 October. To be a part of this innovative initiative and help shape the future of digital skills and employment, register now.

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