Digital Skills & Diversity: Planning for the future

Having a diverse team with the right digital skills will be integral to the success of tech businesses in our region. In this panel, we will discuss how best to improve the digital literacy of our people and talk about how we can create a more diverse workforce.

Between them they will discuss and debate:

  • How we can narrow the digital skills gap across the West Midlands
  • How businesses can create more diverse and collaborative teams
  • What digital skills are needed the most to stimulate productivity and our economy
  • The role of businesses and the public sector in upskilling people
  • The barriers preventing us from achieving more and what needs to change

Birmingham Tech Week is run in association with:


Marika Beckford
Digital Skills Officer
West Midlands Combined Authority

Lee Jones
PS Digital Skills Lead UK

Chris Meah
Founder & CEO
School Of Code

Oyinkansola Adebayo
CEO & Co-Founder
Niyo Enterprises and Black Codher

Our headline sponsor

NatWest is the UK’s biggest supporter of SMEs, and as part of this we are committed to removing barriers and providing more opportunities to help companies grow. Our services include traditional bank lending, bespoke support for entrepreneurs, and working with a range of partners across sectors to ensure businesses thrive.

Enterprise is central to our purpose-led strategy, and we have developed a range of programmes to enable business owners to succeed. We have over 500 accredited Women in Business specialists across the UK and have supported more than 19,000 entrepreneurs through our Business Builder and Accelerator programme. Our Dream Bigger initiative has been created to encourage young women in UK secondary schools to consider STEM subjects and Entrepreneurship as a career option.

NatWest’s Business Builder and  Entrepreneur Accelerator programmes are offered free of charge to support the crucial Tech segment, helping these businesses start, scale and succeed. Our Accelerator was recently voted the Number 1 Accelerator for Growth in the UK, by independent consultancy Beauhurst.

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