The BCS Virtual Festival of Digital Skills is a brand-new event shining a light on the opportunities and aspirations for the digital future within the UK and beyond.

Reflecting the scope and complexity of the digital skills challenges we all face in 2021, our new virtual event delivered a comprehensive and thought-provoking programme, with speakers who are at the top of their game and leaders at the heart of the digital skills agenda. If you missed the live event, you will be pleased to hear we are keeping the platform open into the New Year so you can catch up on-demand some of the sessions that we delivered over the course of five days.

Simply login and go to auditorium 1 or 2 and select the on-demand window in each room, where you can view a list of fantastic content to spark your interest with sessions dedicated to schools, educators and providers or as an individual you may just want to watch the CPD sessions to improve your knowledge and skills, which received raving reviews in our survey. 88% of those surveyed said they would recommend this event to a friend or colleague. Watch now


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2021 The economic road ahead

For schools

Learn new approaches to embedding digital skills across the curriculum and preparing students for the digital-driven workplace.

For colleges and training providers

Find out how you’ll be affected by latest policy and funding changes and identify the right digital skills portfolio for your learner community and your centre.

For local authorities

Discover new and effective ways to engage with the SMEs and employers in your area to support delivery of your regional digital skills strategy.

For employers

Gain a clearer view of your digital skills capability, the gaps you need to fill and how - and the future technology trends and roles that will transform your business

For HR professionals

Get up to speed with the latest employer reforms, the Government’s Plan for Jobs programme, diversity in IT, traineeships, T-Levels and apprenticeships

For individuals

Understand the training and progression routes into today’s digital roles and the types of new roles industry will be demanding in the future

What you'll take away

Gain insight into latest thinking from the experts on the UK’s digital landscape, including bespoke sessions from leaders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and how to adapt and equip yourself and your organisation in the face of accelerating technology change.

Learn about the government’s new National Data Strategy on which BCS has consulted; the consultation period closes during festival week - the new strategy is due for publication early 2021.

Join our career development sessions for CPD, developing a good mindset, good leadership skills, soft skills to stand out and much more.


As a registered attendee you’ll receive an exclusive copy of our state of the nation report.

The Festival of Digital Skills report takes a look at this year’s key skills issues as they arose in our research. In that time we looked at diversity issues, the burgeoning AI scene, the views of digital leaders and, most recently, the security landscape.

The report also looks at BCS policy approaches and how apprenticeships will support economic growth.

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