Wired Sussex Blog

Have you considered hiring an apprentice?

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. 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 to help bridge this gap could be to better utilise digital apprenticeship programmes. So, have you ever considered hiring an apprentice? We caught up …

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The 12 Steps of Networking

You’ve heard about the 12 days of Christmas, well how about the 12 steps of networking? With our Members’ Christmas Meetup right around the corner, I thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss how you can make the most of it by sharing some top tips! Let’s start with one of my favourite words: serendipity – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. I’m sure for most of us, an important conversation that has led to great and wonderful things has happened after work hours. People are relaxed and often more …

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5 simple tips to improve your directory listing

As the member services coordinator for Wired Sussex, I’m often asked how you can get the most out of a listing on our directory pages. You see, one of the many benefits of joining Wired Sussex is that you’ll be added to our growing directory of over 2000 talented companies and freelancers working in the digital, media and creative sector in Sussex. Many of our members regularly secure direct leads and business referrals as a result of their directory listing, as it is searched by thousands of people every month looking for web, design, marketing and other digital media services …

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The Key to Attracting and Retaining Junior Talent

Over the next few years junior talent will make up half the global workforce and it’s predicted this number will have risen to a whopping 75% by just 2025. Having grown-up in a digital world, they are the first fully connected generation and consequently have different behaviours, needs and aspirations in the workplace than those of previous generations. Comparing the attitudes of Baby Boomers to Millennials, shows this new generation are more vocal about what they want from their career; they are looking for financial stability and access to the property ladder, which in turn impacts on their expectations at …

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Recruitment offer for all Graduate/Junior job adverts!

Employing graduates can be hugely rewarding as they represent some of the brightest and best educated talent on the employment market. With students across Sussex having just finished University and getting ready to kick-start their career in the digital, media and tech industries, now is the perfect time to capture this talent for your business. To help you do this, we’re offering members a special recruitment offer on all Graduate/Junior level jobs posted until the end of August. So, why not take advantage of our highly-targeted, digital, media and tech Jobs Board with this special offer! Alongside the usual benefits …

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Talent2018: Creating a Skills Manifesto For Our Digital Sector

In June 2018, Wired Sussex organised Talent2018, a three-day skills festival for the digital sector designed to support our digital, media and tech industries. It included a Skills Summit at the University of Brighton; a one-day conference that brought a hundred digital business leaders together to explore how, collectively, we can support the growth of a sustainable talent pool that benefits both our individual organisations and our digital sector. After a morning of talks which featured a series of reflections from different businesses, we ran a workshop that asked participants to consider three key questions: 1: How should businesses work …

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Helen Kennedy introduces the World Café workshop

Helen Kennedy is Head of Media at University of Brighton. She’s an influential leader and important connecting point between the academic world and our tech and creative businesses. She is also lead research on the Refig project, with Canadian funding, aiming to instigate transformations within the games industry. Helen: Partnership is dear to the heart of Brighton University. The School of Media is only two years old. It was born out of the much bigger School of Art and Design. Not all courses are directly aligned with the challenges we’ve heard about this morning, so there is constant work to do. …

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Panel Discussion: The Big Challenge

Claire Hopkins introduces the panel. The discussion is around pinpointing the biggest challenges to attracting, training and retaining talent in Brighton. [writer’s note: I’ve largely removed Claire from the copy but she’s asking the questions and deftly guiding the conversation] Tom Chute I’m from Pragmatic, a 55 person company in Brighton. When we hit 30 staff we realised we need to formalise HR and recruitment, so that was me. Ed HIckey I’m from Dab Apps, based here in Brighton, I’m Commercial Director. I’ve been at Dab Apps for 2-3 years and before that I grew teams at digital product firms here and internationally. I’m …

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Chloe Langford and Zara Syversen, of Gene Commerce

Chloe Langford and Zara Syversen are both front end developers and mentors at Gene Commerce, talking together about their experience as young talents getting into tech, how each of them found Gene Commerce and are creating their paths into the digital sector. Chloe speaks about her experience in apprenticeships and in employment training, before coming to Gene Commerce. Zara, who grew up in Sweden, speaks about her own journey in work and training, especially her desire to move abroad. Once she’d got to Brighton, she decided to stay and develop her career here. When Zara came across women’s coding and networking group Code Bar she started …

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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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