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BCS Digital Skills Network – Scotland

8 March 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The event will come to life with talks, discussions, and debates across a wide range of digital skills topics within Scotland.


10:00am – Registration
10:30am – Opening address – keynote speaker – tbc
10:55am – Developing an adaptable and digital workforce for economic recovery – employer panellist
11:35am – Creating a diverse and inclusive digital panel of under-represented groups
12:15pm – Lunch (complimentary)
1:00pm – Innovation to create a vibrant technology economy – keynote speaker
1:15pm – Supporting digital growth in emerging sectors – employer panellists
1:50pm – Scottish policy makers and educators response’s to the day’s discussion’s
2:30pm – Networking break
2:55pm – Fireside Chat – celebrating women in tech – International Women’s Day
3:35pm – Networking drinks and canapes – (complimentary)
5:00pm – Close

With representation from:

  • Skills Development Scotland – Phil Ford, Head of Digital Technologies and Financial Services
  • Scotland IS – Karen Meechan, CEO
  • Scottish Highlands & Islands
  • Education Scotland – Kirsty McFaul
  • BCS Chartered Institute for IT – Holly Porter, Managing Director


Supported by Skills Development Scotland, members of the Digital Skills Network and representatives from industry, education, local government and policy makers across Scotland will come together to discuss their experiences of digital transformation so far, their strategy for the future and the challenges they see on the horizon to secure the pipeline of talent they’ll need.

The event will come to life with talks, discussions, and perspectives across a wide range of digital skills topics including:

  • The existing initiatives in Scotland to bridge the gap between education and industry – we’ll hear from representatives from the tech industry; emerging sectors and policy and education providers about what’s working well, and what needs to be done, to create an adaptable workforce of the future, through upskilling and re-skilling;
  • The challenges of meeting industry demand with a supply of diverse skilled talent and inclusion of underrepresented groups through a range of schemes and pathways into employment;
  • Scotland’s perspective from large employers and SMEs in supporting digital growth within emerging sectors;
  • Responses from regional policy makers and a broad range of educators to discuss the day’s analysis.

The event will provide an opportunity to network with those leading the agenda for digital adoption, local skills development and much more. We will close the discussions with a fireside chat in support of International Women’s Day, followed by networking drinks.

Who is this event for:

  • Employer’s (tech, emerging sectors, SME’s)
  • Individual’s leading digital skills strategy
  • Educator’s
  • Local government
  • Those involved with digital inclusion and diversity workplace initiatives

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.


8 March 2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm




Clayton Hotel
286 Clyde Street
Glasgow, Scotland G1 4AZ United Kingdom
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