COUNTDOWN UNDERWAY TO LEEDS DIGITAL JOB FAIR 2.0

Just a few exhibitor spaces remain for Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 at the First Direct Arena on Thursday 20 October.  

The inaugural event in February - the first ever job fair to be staged at the award-winning venue - attracted more than 1,300 attendees and 35 digital and tech companies.

And with numbers expected to be significantly higher next month, the decision has been taken to move proceedings into the main auditorium itself.    

Callcredit, Sky Bet, Google, Lhasa, NHS Digital and Thompson Brand Partners are amongst the big name employers signed up for what is already regarded as one of the most significant gatherings in the Leeds digital and tech calendar.

They will showcase hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships from graduate level through to experienced tech professionals.      

  Amy De-Balsi

Amy De-Balsi

The event is being organised by Amy De-Balsi, the founder of online jobs board Herd, and is backed by LeedsBID, Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University and the First Direct Arena. 

Ms De-Balsi said: “Leeds city region now employs more than 70,000 people in digital and tech and we must continue to keep pace with the ever-growing number of exciting new vacancies being created by the sector. 

“Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 will be even bigger and better than the inaugural event in February, which was a huge success.

“There will be more employers, more candidates and more expert speakers across an expanded programme of presentations and seminars.  We have also added a number of novel elements including the chance for candidates to get advice on their CV and network with business leaders in our chill out zones - complete with air hockey.  

“There are a handful of exhibitor slots remaining, but I would urge employers to snap these up without delay as we’re heading towards a complete sell-out.

“Graduates seeking to launch their careers in digital and tech, together with professionals seeking a new challenge, can still sign up to attend for free.”  

  Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID Chief Executive said: “The Leeds Digital Job Fair is a major recruitment event, promoting Leeds as a city at the forefront of the skills agenda in both the tech and digital sectors.

“The digital world can provide a spectrum of exciting opportunities for talented young people and this event is about giving them the chance to explore the range of jobs on offer.”

  Councillor James Lewis

Councillor James Lewis

Councillor James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Resources and Strategy, said: “We are delighted to support Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0, which will provide a fantastic opportunity for people to find out more about the opportunities that are available in our city.

“This fits in with one of the key aims of our recently launched ground-breaking Leeds Digital Skills Action Plan, which is taking a pro-active approach to give people the chance to discover and develop their confidence and talent in this fast-growing sector.”

  Professor Chris Prince

Professor Chris Prince

Professor Chris Prince, Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Leeds Beckett University, as one of the major providers of graduate talent in the region, is very pleased to be one of the major sponsors of Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0. 

“The Fair provides our graduates with a platform to showcase their talent and to explore career opportunities open to them.  

“This important event also acts as a showcase for the digital sector and the growing impact it has on the economy of the city and region.”

Employers interested in taking a stand can request an exhibitor pack by emailing amy@herd.careers

Candidates wanting to register to attend the event or find out about current digital and tech vacancies accessible through Herd should visit www.herd.careers