Leeds Digital Job Fair 3.0 is set to eclipse previous attendance records when employers and tech professionals come together at the First Direct Arena on Friday 28 April.

Hundreds of career opportunities were on offer last October when 46 exhibitors and more than 2,000 people flocked through the doors of the landmark city centre venue for Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0.

In a major boost for organisers Herd, next month’s event will form part of the inaugural Leeds International Festival which runs from 22-30 April with a focus on three main strands: music, moving image and technology.

Amy De-Balsi, founder of online jobs board Herd, which has put the event together with support from LeedsBID, Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University and the First Direct Arena, said she expects the West Yorkshire gathering to be bigger and better than ever.

Amy de-Balsi

“The first two Leeds Digital Job Fairs were incredibly successful, but we must continue to push the boundaries to accurately reflect the dynamism of the city’s digital and tech sector,” she said.

“We expect more than 50 employers to be exhibiting on the day and we will be shortly be announcing some of the biggest names, each with a wide array of vacancies to be filled.

“With more than five weeks to go, the number of registered attendees is also well ahead of where we have been at this stage before previous events.

“Being part of the first ever Leeds International Festival is a huge seal of approval for us and a recognition of the important role the Leeds Digital Job Fair now plays.”

Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper, chairman of Leeds International Festival and LeedsBID chief executive, said: “The Leeds International Festival showcases the city’s wide cultural offer of music, moving image and technology.

“The Leeds Digital Jobs Fair is an integral part of the promotion of a city which is at the forefront of the skills agenda in the tech, creative and digital sectors.

“LeedsBID’s continual support of the digital jobs fair is reflective of its growing status in the city’s annual events calendar and the range of exciting opportunities on offer in Leeds for talented people in this sector.”

Employers interested in exhibiting at the event can request further information by emailing amy@herd.careers

Students or job seekers wanting to book their place or find out about current vacancies available through Herd should visit www.herd.careers