You are invited to 'Diversity in IT: shaping our future together' report launch - 30 November, Bristol

16 November 2017

Business leaders in the Bristol and Bath area / West County are invited to the launch of a new report on Inclusion and Diversity produced by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The event takes place at the Entrepreneurial Spark Bristol Hub, Temple Meads, Bristol from 9 - 11am on Thursday 30 November.

The Diversity in IT event will be of interest to anyone who works in the digital tech or IT sector will hear from a range of speakers including Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol.

Rebecca George OBE, FBCS, Public Sector Lead at Deloitte, explains: “Bristol has seen rapid growth in the areas of creative and digital business in recent years and is now recognised as a leader in the UK’s creative economy - making it the ideal place to launch this report. We are keen to meet local employees and employers and hear their views on diversity and talk about the issues they may face.

She continues, “When we’re constantly being reminded that there is a digital skills gap, we ask, - does that gap really exist when we have the potential to provide gainful employment with well rewarded and challenging careers for those currently outside of the IT labour market? The first step is to understand the scale and nature of the problem, and we invite you to explore this with us at the launch of our report.”

IT is a key economic sector for the UK. As outlined in the government’s UK Digital Strategy it, "...is one of the UK’s most important sectors - important not just for its value to the UK economy, but also for its potential to change the world for the better." This is not only due to the direct financial contribution of the industry, but also the transitional effects IT enables throughout all other sectors and the ability of IT to create employment.

Employment growth amongst the IT professions has consistently outstripped that for workers as a whole in recent years giving rise to persistent reports of IT skills shortages. However, despite this, IT recruiters are generally failing to attract individuals from key societal groups to take up IT positions - most notably women, people with disabilities and older workers.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has produced the definitive report around equality and diversity employment in the UK IT workforce. Its findings are concerning, from both a societal as well as an economic perspective.

Speakers include:

  • Marvin Rees - Mayor of Bristol
  • Rebecca George OBE - Lead Partner, Public Sector Deloitte LLP and BCS Vice President for Organisations and Employers
  • Beverly Clarke - Author, Education Consultant and Computing At School (CAS) Outreach Support for the South West region
  • Matthew West - Entrepreneur Development Manager, Commercial and Private Banking, Nat West
  • Diversity and Inclusion speaker from Nat West (tbc)

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