Wired Sussex Blog

Caroline Walmsley, CEO of Further My Future

Caroline Walmsley co-founder and CEO of Further My Future and Director of progressive management consultancy Hello Sailor! – from 2014-2016 Caroline was CEO of Brightwave. Further My Future launched last summer; it’s a tech careers guidance company that speaks directly to young people, to help them make decisions about their future careers. Caroline has an unerring communication skill of talking with younger people at the start of their careers, rather than speaking down to them. Today she’s speaking on How Can We Do More For Emerging Talent? Caroline: I’ve made a shitload of mistakes as people in the room can tell you, …

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Let’s start the conversation! Introducing Skills & Talent Manager James Brooklyn

Hi there, I’m James Brooklyn, the new Skills and Talent Manager at Wired Sussex. I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share what I hope to achieve in 2018 with the Wired Sussex team. Like with any career, mine has had its fair share of challenges and rewards alike. And through each I have always enjoyed advising people in their own careers, to offer new insight and share my experiences to ultimately help individuals grow in their respective pathways. I have joined to help support member companies with their challenges around recruitment, better understand the issues …

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Why are apprenticeships good for the digital sector?

Brighton and Hove’s digital and creative economy is now worth more than £1 billion to the city each year and the driving force behind our city’s economy. This is obviously great news for the sector, but it does pose the challenge of finding enough talented people to support this growth and ensure our cluster isn’t hindered by a lack of resources available in the city. We need a large, highly skilled workforce and a pipeline of talent coming from schools, colleges, universities with industry standard, work ready digital skills. One solution that’s been identified to help improve this shortage is …

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Talent2017: Why Apprenticeships in Tech and Digital Are Not What You Think

The upcoming Talent2017 Skills Summit on the 16th March is a fantastic opportunity for digital businesses to update and expand their knowledge on how they can find, train and retain the talent they need to successfully grow their organisation. In anticipation of the conference, we’re releasing a mini series of blog posts from some of the Skills Summit participants, who have kindly offered to put their thoughts in writing. This time, hear from Richard Freeman, Lead Project Consultant at Apprenticeship in Sussex and his insights on why apprenticeships could be the future of workforce development in our sector. Fewer than …

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Why Wired Sussex are hiring a Digital Marketing apprentice….

Supporting the development of our regional digital cluster is central to all our thinking and work at Wired Sussex and consequently we see the emerging skills deficit as the biggest challenge we (collectively) face to ensure continued growth. Consequently, the Digital Skills agenda is of upmost importance to us and a hot topic locally, nationally & globally. The need for enthusiastic, adaptable, creative and technically skilled people is central to helping our members grow their businesses; at the end of the day it’s people that make your business. With a skills deficit in many digital roles and the Fourth Industrial Revolution‘s rapid …

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Jobs Board and Recruitment Advice – whenever you need it.

I’m sure most of you know that the Wired Sussex Jobs Board helps you to find the best talent locally.  It reaches out to tens of thousands of job seekers through direct e-mails, Twitter, LinkedIn, the Wired Sussex website and through our advert in the Latest7 magazine.  You can now also highlight your job advert through our new featured jobs section. But have you seen our Recruiting Tips & do you know what I can do to help you and your business?: I work with local universities to provide information to students about the sector, consult with departments on skills shortages.  I’m currently working …

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Digital apprenticeships – the future of growing our own talent in Brighton & Hove?

I’ve been involved in some interesting discussions to help shape the future of digital skills in the city in the last week. Last week I met with Wired Sussex members, Coast 2 Capital LEP, University of Brighton researchers, City College & local apprenticeship training providers, to discuss the future of digital talent in Brighton with Richard Freeman from Always Possible.  Leading on from the Wired Sussex Skills Summit last year we discussed the growing digital skills gap and how can we help close that gap with a collaborative and innovative approach. Why did we meet? The government has announced plans …

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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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Au’Guest’ Blog Post – The Three Apprentices

Written by Sam Windsor, Brad Pinhorn and Tom Howard, apprentices at Brightwave as part of the Wired Sussex guest blog month The world of work can be a scary prospect for college and school leavers, and deciding what to do in life can be a tricky decision to make for many 17- to 18-year-olds. This blog gives three accounts from three apprentices working at e-learning expert Brightwave and studying with Dv8 Sussex. Sam Windsor – Graphic Designer Coming straight from A-Levels and deciding what to do after college can be a really intimidating thing for a young adult. Knowing what …

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Au’Guest’ Blog Post – 10 Things You Won’t Learn In A Classroom

Written by Paul Gunn, Social Business Apprentice at Bloom Worldwide as part of the of the Wired Sussex guest blog month.           Before leaving college I had to make the decision of whether to go to university or to look for a job.  If I continued with my education I knew that I wanted to chose a social media course but I was worried, not only about the massive cost and debt I’d incur but also the competition I’d come up against once graduated. I was introduced to a program through DV8 that would enable me to …

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