We welcome apprentices, with their employers / training providers to a FREE and interactive afternoon:

  • hear from industry leaders and digital professionals
  • take away practical tips from an interactive workshop
  • have the opportunity to meet and network with like-minded apprentices who are up for the challenge!

The sessions will inspire and motivate, providing food for thought to help apprentices kick start their Digital Challenge entries and hear from others about how they will approach the challenge.

The event will launch a new Digital Challenge to allow apprentices to demonstrate how they will make an impact on the workforce today and in the future.

When: Thursday 6 February 2020 - 14:00 to 18:30
Where: BCS London Office, Ground Floor, 25 Copthall Avenue, EC2R 7BP
Price: Free!

Our speakers

Host: Joshua Uwadiae - CEO, WeGym.co.uk

From being expelled at 15 and college dropout at 18 to Microsoft Apprentice of the Year at 19. Joshua has become a champion for Digital IT Apprenticeships and has held the role of Lead Apprentice Ambassador at Microsoft. Hear him talk about how the apprenticeship scheme has changed his life which is why he coins it as a “limitless” opportunity and a sure-fire way to kick start your career.

Keynote speaker: Matt Haworth - Director, Reason Digital

Matt is one of the UK’s leading experts on doing good with digital. Through Reason Digital, the social enterprise, digital innovation agency he co-founded, Matt has delivered projects and training for organisations including Age UK, Alzheimer’s Research UK, the BBC, and many more. He is also the Co-Founder of two other, post-revenue social enterprise tech companies: Impact: a social value measurement tool used by Lloyds Bank and others and Gone for Good: a goods donation fundraising app with 60,000 users that’s raised over £1m for charity customers.

More about the Challenge

The importance of the Challenge

BCS has a duty of care and we want to explore what talented apprentices can do to make the difference.

This event is intrinsically linked and in keeping with the theme of our annual flagship conference, BCS Insights which discusses the way we use technology today and explore how we create a bright digital future for everyone in society.

We want to inspire apprentices to think about their role as an industry professional, share their voices and enter our Digital Challenge with the support of their employers and training providers.

Aligned to the National Apprenticeship Week theme of Look Beyond, the Digital Apprenticeship Challenge is designed to help apprentices get involved in dialogue and innovative thinking on how IT and digital technology can support important areas such as sustainability, inclusion, social mobility and ethics.

The winner(s) be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize which will be awarded at BCS Insights 2020 in June.

What exactly is the Challenge?

At BCS, our vision is

  • A competent and ethical profession that is diverse, inclusive and plentiful in talent at all levels
  • A society that is resilient and thriving in a digital world with access to the technology, knowledge and skills needed

We have set this Challenge to ask apprentices for their own 'Big Digital Idea' that utilises forward thinking in IT and digital technology to make a positive social impact taking into account

  • Sustainability - the project entry should focus on the use of technology for the benefit of society and be something that the individuals it is designed for can use to make an impact
  • Accessibility - linking the idea to important areas such as diversity, social mobility and ethics.

Full requirements and terms and conditions for the Challenge will be announced soon and available at the event.

The event and the Digital Challenge are open to all current and past apprentices and all levels including degree apprenticeships and supporting employers and training providers.

Confirm your place for 6 February

Show how you will impact the workforce today and in the future.