Wired Sussex Blog

Internship Placement Programme Role Roundup 27/02/15

The Wired Sussex Intern Placement Programme (IPP) has already placed many enthusiastic graduates on fully paid internship positions at businesses across Sussex. The aim of the IPP is to fast track graduates and those with an equal level of passion and enthusiasm into paid work. We’ve partnered with both established businesses and promising start-ups to create over 100  paid internship roles in the digital sector within Sussex. March is the last month of the scheme so do make sure to apply if you think a paid internship could be just want you need to kick start your career in the …

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Event management tips and best practice

With 3 years in the bag as Events Manager at Wired Sussex, it’s safe to say that I’ve organised a fair amount of events for the digital, media & tech community in Brighton & wider Sussex.  As well as planning and managing our own events, I’m also here to offer advice and support to Wired Sussex members organising events for our sector. Recently, in addition to queries around how the community can utilise Wired Sussex to help promote their events, I’ve had a number of queries ranging from venue suggestions to on ‘on the day’ best practice. So, I thought it would be …

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Internship Placement Programme Role Round Up 17/02/15

The Wired Sussex Intern Placement Programme (IPP) matches talented graduates,  and those with equivalent skills,  to the right company for them. The six-week paid internship allows the chosen candidates to take their first steps in their chosen career, learning skills from professionals and gaining valuable experience to progress their careers.  Over 85% of our placements to date have turned into full time roles. We currently have over 42 live placements on the site.  With 13 new roles posted last week.  The placements offering great experience in a range of roles from TV production, digital marketing through to mobile app development. …

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The Digital Skills Summit: Powered by Wired Sussex

The talent and skills gap. It’s a topic that’s been at the centre of conversation in the digital, media & tech sector for some time. On Monday 23 March, we are bringing together businesses, universities, colleges and other skills providers to explore what the key challenges are for our industry in this area, and discuss what we can do, together, to work towards addressing these.  What’s it all about? The Digital Skills Summit aims to identify and work to address the skills gaps that are prominent within our sector. As well as looking at the relationships between skills providers and …

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My Internship Story

Written by Dan Gibbon The Wired Sussex Intern Placement Programme has been a great success and there is nothing we love more than hearing from interns that have used the scheme to launch their careers in the Digital, Creative and IT sectors. Dan got in touch to share his internship story and tell us how the programme has helped him achieve his career goals. “With the inevitable post university blues starting to truly settle in and the hunt for a new career path in full swing, I came across an eye catching advert for a paid internship advertised on Wired Sussex for a “Problem Solver/ …

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Living Wage leaders, the HR Digital Media Group and Tackling the Skills Gap.

Wired Sussex Members are leading the way in the Brighton and Hove Living Wage campaign! 23% of the Living Wage campaign employers in the city are Wired Sussex members!  Good work.  Many more could sign up though.  The campaign has nearly 200 companies signed up and it would be great if the 200th Company was a Wired Sussex member. Wired Sussex are signed up and we pay our interns and events assistants at least £7.85 an hour. Here’s why Wired Sussex members support the Living Wage: CST Group Limited say, “We’ve always recognised that our staff are our greatest asset, and have always …

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Brighton Fuse 2 launch recap

Monday 26th saw the launch event for the Brighton Fuse Freelancer Research at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton, attended by over 100 freelancers, businesses, academics and onlookers. You can view Dr. Jonathan Sapsed’s (Principle Investigator, Brighton Fuse) full presentation of the research findings from the launch event on our Slideshare. Listen to a full audio-recording of the event here, featuring an introduction by Phil Jones, panel discussion with the Brighton Fuse researchers and Jon Norris (Freelancer, Crunch) and great questions from the audience Q&A. Check out this Storify for a summary of the #BrightonFuse Twitter activity on the launch …

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FuseBox24: what it is and why we ran it

This is the text of a talk I gave last week at the launch of the FuseBox24 research project at the University of Brighton… FuseBox24 is a new 24 week programme for innovators that uses and integrates a range of concepts from both business (especially lean start-up models) and from the arts. Its aim is to help the participants significantly develop both themselves and their ideas. You can view a short video about the research the University of Brighton undertook into the programme here. The starting point for Wired Sussex’s activity around the creation and development of the FuseBox24 programme …

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Onwards and Upwards; the next year for Wired Sussex

Following on from our end of year roundup, here’s a quick look at some of the exciting projects, initiatives and events we’ve got planned for the first quarter of 2015, and how you can benefit. January FuseBox24 Showcase Event, 22nd Jan. Come along and hear the innovator success stories and research results from our FuseBox24 programme of start-up business support, that we ran last year our home the FuseBox in Brighton. You can register for a ticket here. Brighton Fuse 2 Freelancer Research: The Results, 26th Jan. Over the past year we coordinated detailed research into the Brighton freelance community and …

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Keeping The Fuse Alight

In 2013 we revealed the findings of the Brighton Fuse Project; a 2-year R+D exercise that mapped and measured Brighton’s digital cluster. The report was massively influential, raising the profile of our cluster and informing policy making; with the findings discussed by Government, featured in a range of publications including the Financial Times and presented at industry conferences as far afield as New Zealand. It also prompted the decision to conduct similar studies into clusters in Newcastle and Bristol. Brighton Fuse has had a significant impact on policy makers, informing the successful Brighton City deal bid and initiating activity by …

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