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Tackling Liverpool's digital skills gap

Thursday 18th May 2017 at Tempest Building, 12 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2DT

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This breakfast event will hear from key figures about how Liverpool is tackling the skills gap head-on. 

The event runs from 7.30am to 9.30am. Join the discussion on Twitter at #liverpoolskills.

Liverpool’s creative and digital sector is thriving – but the success of the industry is being undermined by a widening skills gap.

However rather than pay expensive recruitment fees, a group of companies in the city joined forces to tackle the skills gap head-on.

The solution they threw their collective weight behind was called Catalyst, a 10-week skills programme aimed at 18-30-year-olds, who are hoping to get their foot in the door of the digital industry or for those already in work seeking to brush up on their skills.

Around 40 companies have signed up to the programme with most holding workshops, talks and providing studio tours.

The initiative is the brainchild of entrepreneur Robyn Dooley, who founded the Innovators Hub after leaving her college course in fashion at the age of 17.

Developer Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, provided the Tempest Building free of charge to stage the weekly training sessions.

The initial Catalyst programme has been so successful it now looks certain to be repeated and could be rolled out across other cities facing a similar skills gap problem.

BusinessCloud will be hearing from some of the driving forces behind the Catalyst programme and seeing if the model could be used elsewhere.


Andy Kent, CEO, Angel Solutions Ltd

Robyn Dooley, founder, Innovators Hub

Jessica Grogan, student

Rian Bailey-Weir, student

James Chapman, COO, Red Ninja

Paul Corcoran, MD, Agent

Chelsea Slater, founder, Liverpool Girl Geeks

Gavin Sherratt, co-founder and MD, Mashbo

Hayden Evans

Hayden Evans, creative director, Rippleffect

  • Tim Heatley, co-founder, Capital & Centric
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