Roadshow opens window on our digital industries

School pupils across Scotland are benefitting from the digital roadshow
School pupils across Scotland are benefitting from the digital roadshow

A national roadshow dedicated to raising awareness of the many career opportunities in the digital sector is coming to Selkirk and Duns this May.

The events will offer an insight into Scotland’s thriving digital technologies industry and provide advice about taking the first step on the ladder.

Hosted in partnership by Skills Development Scotland and Young Scot, the final two stops will be Duns and Selkirk on May 17 and 18. An interactive morning event for secondary school pupils will be followed by a lunchtime drop-in session aimed at parents, students and adults considering a career change. There will also be an evening insight session for adults in Selkirk.

The roadshow has the support of Scotland’s leading businesses and industry professionals have offered their time and expertise as it has travelled around the country.

The events will feature speakers from Tablet Academy Scotland as well as Borders businesses like software development success story IQX.

Adult registration for the lunchtime and evening sessions is free and both events will give people the opportunity to meet local technology companies and employers and network with leaders from a range of professions as well technology specialists, digital gurus and education providers.

The evening event will include a Q&A and speakers from industry, colleges and schools. It is a chance to learn about local vacancies, alternative employment routes and job security.

Claire Gillespie, key sector manager for ICT and digital technology skills at SDS, said: “We are really pleased to be bringing Discovering Digital World to the Borders. It has been fantastic to see teachers and parents getting involved and learning about the opportunities available in Scotland, so they can provide the best possible guidance to young people considering their future career path.

“We have already answered a range of questions about everything from coding to gender equality and we’re looking forward to hearing plenty more in Selkirk and Duns.”

More than 200 pupils from across the Borders will take part in Young Scot’s schools events which will showcase the many interesting, unexpected and inspiring aspects of the industry and give young people the confidence that they can succeed in the profession.

Duns Schools session (Duns Volunteer Hall), Tuesday May 17, 11am-1.15pm.

Duns lunchtime drop-in (Duns Volunteer Hall) Tuesday May 17, 1-2pm.

Selkirk Schools session (Selkirk High School), Wednesday May 18, 11am-1.15pm.

Selkirk lunchtime drop-in (Selkirk High School) Wednesday May 18, 1-2pm.

Selkirk Insight Evening (Selkirk High School) Wednesday May 18, 6.30-8.30pm.

Visit www.digitalworld.net/discover to register.