Taking opportunities in digital higher

04 September 2019

Have you ever considered a career in the digital industry? Well now is a very good time to start thinking about it!

Digital skills are vital for Britain's economic future and there is now a huge demand for young people with digital talents as there has been significant growth in the sector over the last few years.

There are a whopping 7,194 jobs available across Teesside’s thriving digital scene and the Tees Valley has become a hotbed for digital tech innovation.

So how can you be part of this and train for a career in computing?

As a STEM specialist College, Middlesbrough College has an exciting digital offer with its very own industry standard digital school- MC digital. MC Digital aims to train for the future, ensuring leaners are equipped with the skills that employers need so that they can succeed in the industry. Created with employers and the digital advisory board, MC Digital’s qualifications use the latest technology and provide learners with the most up to date industry knowledge and skills.  

Andy Preston, the Mayor of Middlesbrough said “Teesside’s digital sector is thriving and it is set to grow with fantastic opportunities available to those with digital skills. Young people really should consider a career in the digital sector. There are thousands of jobs that cannot be filled as there is a digital skills shortage.

“Studying a digital course at Middlesbrough College really could be life changing. You will gain the skills needed to succeed in incredibly well paid jobs here in Teesside and beyond.  The world will be your oyster with a digital qualification under your belt!”

Anne-Marie Chiswell, Head of MC Digital at Middlesbrough College said “Employers are telling us that they have positions to fill but are finding it difficult to recruit a skilled workforce and grow their business. The next generation of digital talent is needed and here at MC Digital we can take you higher and help you succeed.”

Whether you are wanting to upskill, retrain or start from the beginning, MC Digital has courses available for everyone ranging from Levels 1, 2 and 3, which are ideal for young people leaving school, to Foundation degrees, Top-up degrees and Access to Higher Education (HE) aimed at adult learners and those wanting to learn higher level skills.

Rick Hutchinson, Co-Founder at Appamondo, the award-winning, Middlesbrough-based Zendesk Premier Partner said “As the director of a tech services company here in Teesside, it is becoming increasingly difficult to employ people with digital skills, regardless of salary, environment, or the draw of the exciting clients we work with. It is vital that more young people realise the potential that can be unlocked with a background in computing, as the digital sector is the fastest growing industry in the region."

MC Digital alumni Agnes Dragunaite is now studying for a Computer Science degree at Bradford University after studying Level 3 Application and Web Development at Middlesbrough College.

Agnes said “My course at Middlesbrough College prepared me well for university and industry. As part of my course I did a work placement with Green Lord Studios and it was a great opportunity to put my skills into the workplace.

“My advice to young people would be to do your research before choosing your College course. The digital industry is booming and computing graduates are in demand. I know there are jobs waiting for me when I graduate as I will have the skillset that employers are looking for.”

Find out more about MC Digital and the opportunities available at Middlesbrough College. We still have places available on our digital courses for September! Come down to Middlesbrough College and enrol today.

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