LEEDS DIGITAL JOB FAIR 2.0 READY FOR TECH-OFF

Sponsors have gathered to officially launch Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 which will take place at the First Direct Arena on Thursday 20 October.  

(L to R): Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, LeedsBID; Cllr Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Employment, Enterprise and Opportunity, Leeds City Council; Amy De-Balsi, Founder, Herd; Richard Gregory, Director, Tech North; Ben Williams, General Manager, First Direct Arena.

(L to R): Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, LeedsBID; Cllr Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Employment, Enterprise and Opportunity, Leeds City Council; Amy De-Balsi, Founder, Herd; Richard Gregory, Director, Tech North; Ben Williams, General Manager, First Direct Arena.

The hugely successful inaugural event, held at the same iconic venue in February 2016, attracted more than 1,300 attendees and 35 digital and tech companies including Google, William Hill, Callcredit, Sky Betting & Gaming, Provident Financial, Sky and Lhasa Limited.

Those numbers are set to grow significantly this autumn with up to 50 companies expected to be present.  They will showcase hundreds of new jobs, graduate schemes and apprenticeships to graduates as well as tech professionals seeking a new career challenge.      

The fair is again being organised by online jobs board Herd with support from Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University, LeedsBID, First Direct Arena and Tech North. 

Herd founder Amy De-Balsi said she believed Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 would set a new standard for large-scale tech recruitment events in the North. 

Herd founder Amy De-Balsi

Herd founder Amy De-Balsi

“More than 70,000 people are now employed in the digital sector across Leeds city region,” she said. 

“But with this number growing all the time, firms are finding it increasingly challenging to fill the hundreds of new vacancies being created.

“We received very positive feedback from the first Leeds Digital Job Fair earlier this year which was held in the atrium of the First Direct Arena.

“However, such is the level of demand from employers, Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 will be hosted in the main performance area, providing a spectacular backdrop for the day.

“I recently led a Leeds delegation to London’s biggest tech industry job fair, Silicon Milk Roundabout, where we gained valuable tips to make our event even bigger and better. These include best practice in promoting Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 to companies and tech professionals from overseas.”    

Employers wishing to take a stand can request an exhibitor pack by emailing amy@herd.careers

Candidates wishing to register to attend the event for free or find out about current vacancies Herd has available should visit www.herd.careers  

More news about Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 will be released in the coming weeks.