Digital Skills in the Spotlight
16 Feb 2022

Scottish schools are being encouraged to join F4S & SDS in focusing on digital careers as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Founders4school, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, is hosting a career inspiration day on Thursday 10 March for Scottish high school pupils and young people considering what their future career should be on the theme of digital careers. Taking part during Scottish Apprenticeship Week (7-11 March) it will feature apprentices sharing why the sector was the right choice for their career path.

Young people use technology like no other generation has ever done before. They are tech savvy but the skills they develop do not always match what industry needs. They seem to believe they are experts yet they do not meet the requirements of employers in the tech/digital-related industries looking to develop their talent pipeline.

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So, why should young people be interested in the digital & tech sectors?

It’s the nature of work today and crucial to everyday life, when even traditional jobs need a digital-savvy workforce it’s something they need to consider. Tech, digital and IT-related job vacancies make up 12% of all open UK job vacancies, with more than 100,000 open vacancies per month, making it the fastest-growing sector with varied and well-paid jobs, it’s not an option that can be ignored.

There is a digital career for everyone, whether it be coding, IT support, games development, design, cyber, social media or one of the many digital-focused roles in sectors like healthcare, tourism there have a lot of possibilities from which to choose their future career.

What can you expect?

Young people at the beginning of their careers and companies who support them share talk about their jobs in the digital world and routes to get there. There are 4 sessions, each themed on a growing need from industry.

9:45 - 10:15 - Digital skills every industry needs

In today’s world digital skills are a vital skill if you want to succeed, whether that means knowing about cybersecurity no matter the sector, understanding how to use multiple platforms in your admin role or helping your company with their web presence you need to embrace these skills. Hear from apprentices who will share their experiences.

11:00 - 11:30 - Computer Science & Coding

As the world moves online, would you like to be involved in creating, building and maintaining it? Do you have a passion for technology and problem solving? Find out what early stage careers look like in the tech sector.

12:30 - 1:00 - Cybersecurity & Data Science

Would you like to make the world a safer place? Are you interested in finding out big patterns that show how the world really works? Big things are happening in cybersecurity and data science. Hear from people working in these sectors about what it really means to work in cybersecurity & data science.

14:00 - 14:30 - Social/Creative Digital

Are you the next big influencer? Do you have a passion for telling stories or being creative? Maybe a career in social and creative digital media is the right path for you. Come and hear what it really means to work in social & creative digital.

If your school is looking for resources to explore digital careers, visit

Who can attend

These events are targeted at pupils in Scottish secondary schools or young people studying or about to enter the workforce. You can attend any or all of the sessions as long as you book your free place prior to the event.

Click on the button below to book.

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