The largest digital careers fair in the UK, Manchester Digital Skills Festival kicks off on Tuesday, February 14, with a skills conference.

A four-day event, there will also be opportunities for school children to learn digital skills in a practical setting.

Over the course of 4 days, over 180 creative, digital and IT businesses will attend as well as approximately 1500 students who are looking for work within the digital/creative industries from North West universities, colleges and schools.

Manchester has an ambition to become a digital city and in order to achieve this ‘needs a highly skilled digital workforce big enough to serve the needs of an ever-growing industry’.

Manchester Digital

According to organisers Manchester Digital: “We need a pipeline of talent that will leave school, college and university with industry-standard, work-ready, digital skillsets.”

Manchester Digital is a not-for-profit trade association for digital businesses across the North West and is the only event of its type in the region.

The next BusinessCloud event is Focus on tech scene in Manchester, which will be hosted on February 17 at the new KPMG offices in the city centre.

A panel of entrepreneurs will be joined by industry experts between to look at what the future holds for the area’s technology sector in this breakfast event held in association with recruitment agency Search.

The event runs from 7.30-10am. Join the discussion on Twitter at #mcrtech.

Check beck for an updated diary.

This week

Tuesday 14 February: Tech Startups, Manchester

Tuesday 14 February: Manchester Digital Skills Festival, Manchester more info

Wednesday 15 February: Prolific North Live, Manchester more info

Wednesday 15 February: Business Women's Network The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester more info

Thursday 16 February: Digital Opportunities: Property Tech with Virgin Media Business Holiday Inn, Manchester Centre mor einfo

Thursday 16 February: International Trade Forum Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester more info

Sunday 19 February: TEDx Manchester  Home more info

Next week

Monday 20 February: Play Your Business Cards Right, Leeds more info

Tuesday 21 February: Northern Powerhouse, Manchester more info

Wednesday 22 February: EEF National Manufacturing Conference and Dinner 2017,  QEII Centre, London more info

Wednesday 22 February: Percipient/Squirro/UKFast    

Wednesday 22 February: Action for Business Manchester, Cloud 23, Hilton Deansgate Manchester, M3 4LQ more info

Thursday 23 February: Augmented and Virtual Reality Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School more info

Friday 24 February: #Airhack ODI, Leeds more info

Two weeks

Tuesday 28 February: GP Bullhound MWC Reception, Barcelona  more info

Wednesday 1 March: CitySession: Tech North Digital Showcase 2017, Manchester more info

Wednesday 1 March: HealthTech North, Leeds more info

Wednesday 1 March: Action for Business Stockport more info

Wednesday 1 March: The Innovation Network, Leeds more info

Thursday 2 March: Founders' Network: The Summit, Sheffield more info

Friday 3 March: Women In Business Awards, Liverpool more info

Three weeks

Wednesday 8 March: International Women's Day: Women in Tech, Liverpool more info