How to employ highly skilled migrants to fill skills gaps

Fragomen’s Kathleen O’Donnell explains the process of employing highly skilled migrants to fill skills gaps.

We all know that it can be difficult to find the right employees in the tech and digital sector. It’s a problem in many places, including Sheffield. This guest post by Kathleen O’Donnell from Fragomen looks at how companies can recruit highly-skilled migrants to help fill those gaps. You can also hear Kathleen and her

It’s not all cupcakes and fizz. It’s tea and buddha bowls too.

Katie Attwood writes about plans to tackle issues and take practical steps for Sheffield’s women in tech.

This is a guest post written by Katie Attwood. The image above is by Tejay White.  The lunch was sponsored by Creative Sheffield (thanks Sarah Lowi Jones) and attended by Katie Attwood, Rachel Ferla, Annie Moss-Quate, Louisa Harrison-Walker, Emma Marshall, Emma Cooper, Sarah Lowi Jones, Anna Bollinger, Tejay White, Bella Abrams and Mel Kanarek. What we

More progress on software developer apprenticeship at Sheffield College

Here's the latest update on this important new skills offer.

In February, a group of local digital employers got together with the team at the College to discuss progress. The main focus of the meeting was to look at the structure of the programme, including the idea of a two week bootcamp before the course proper starts. About the bootcamps The main aims of the

The Tech Off – a meetup with a twist

The Techdept team are running a special North Vs South edition of The Tech Off on 7th March.

The Tech Off is an event described as ‘the lovechild of TED talks and WWE’, hosted by Sheffield digital agency, Techdept. On 7th March, they’re taking The Tech Off all the way to that there London for a very special North Vs South edition. Rather than try and explain The Tech Off to you ourselves, we

SaaS Tech Mission San Francisco 2018

A unique opportunity to meet Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs, companies and investors.

The chosen companies will fly out on 29th April and enjoy six days in San Francisco, before heading back to the UK on 4th May. If you are interested, you need to move quickly as places are likely to disappear pretty sharpish. About the trip The idea behind the SaaS High Growth Tech Mission is

Sheffield City Council’s Technology 2020 Strategy supplier day

Head along on 23rd March to see how your company can become a technology vendor for the Council.

About the supplier day The Council are keen to take a multi-vendor approach to making its Technology 2020 Strategy happen. This event is an opportunity for you to find out exactly what that means and how you can get involved. This is from the Eventbrite page for the supplier day: “Sheffield City Council is constantly

Episode 10: Mike Faulks on cybersecurity, IoT and being part of a GCHQ accelerator

Hear how Ioetec are taking on cybersecurity and the internet of things, plus the company’s accelerator experience.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode10 of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we’re joined by Mike Faulks, co-founder and director of Ioetec, a Sheffield company that provide a cloud service solution to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices with end-to-end authenticated, encrypted security. It was great to talk

Apply to the Capital Enterprise Investor Lounge

A great opportunity for local technology startups to meet investors and network on 14th March.

If you are one of the companies chosen to take part, Capital Enterprise will match you to two or three investors for a 30 minute face-to-face conversation. Once those speed meetings are done, there will also be drinks, nibbles and plenty of chance to natter and network with the wider community. About the Investor Lounge

Brilliant international growth opportunity

Make sure your company is part of a new directory that will be shared with Chinese businesses. Respond by 7th March.

While it might seem like a distant and somewhat random choice for growth, business links between China and the city region have been increasing over recent years and those links flow in both directions. Get on the directory If you’re tempted, we need you to fill in a quick survey and the information will be

Book a stand at STACK 2018

STACK 2018 is Sheffield Hallam University’s careers event in digital technology on 28th February.

The all-day event is a great way for digital companies to meet and talk to students, graduates, employers and other organisations about what you do and any job opportunities you might have. About STACK 2018 STACK is run by Sheffield Hallam’s Department of Computing, which offers a wide range of degrees and career pathways. It’s

Book your place on the Connected Manufacturing Workshop

Learn how manufacturing businesses work and what opportunities there are for digital companies to collaborate.

The aim was to help people working in digital to get a feel for how digital is being applied in advanced manufacturing and to think about how they might develop products or services for manufacturers. How do manufacturing businesses work? After the visit, many people mentioned that they would like the opportunity to find out

Sheffield’s ASK4 attracts new investment

The investment will help the Sheffield company develop its products and move into new markets.

About ASK4 ASK4 provides high-speed internet solutions and managed data services for multi-tenant accommodations. They do it by partnering with universities, private sector student accommodation providers, residential apartment developers and businesses. Jonathan Burrows founded ASK4 in 2000: “Our growth has been built on delivering exceptional customer service and investing in strong long-term partnerships. With Bowmark’s

Episode 9: Leila Johnston on digital art, artificial intelligence and robot crows

We chat to Leila Johnston, artist, technologist and digital curator at Site Gallery.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode 9 of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we are joined by the fantastic Leila Johnston. Leila is an artist, technologist, curator, consultant, journalist and plenty of other things too. It was great to speak to her about what she’s currently working on,

Discussing the digital economy with senior Chinese economic statisticians

Follow-up from the visit of Chinese government statisticians who came to learn about the digital economy.

They asked us whether we would be willing to meet with a delegation of senior Chinese economic statisticians, who were interested in the digital economy for mutual exchange and learning. About the delegation The delegation consisted of 17 statisticians from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of the People’s Republic of China, who are currently

Alternate Realities Market 2018 open for submissions

Submit your interactive, immersive or VR project to Sheffield Doc/Fest by 14 February 2018.

From those submissions, 25 creators will go on to hold one-to-one meetings with funders and advisors, which includes commissioners, broadcasters, arts organisations, online platforms, NGOs and other experts. About the Alternate Realities Market Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s number one documentary festival. It celebrates the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling and

Complete the Tech Nation 2018 survey

We want as many people and companies as possible to have their say and help represent Sheffield.

Tech Nation is a series of reports that aims to map the UK’s digital tech ecosystem. We think it’s really important to make sure Sheffield is well represented in the report, which is why we encourage you (firmly, politely) to complete the Tech Nation 2018 survey. It only takes a few minutes. You have until

How to get your event on the Sheffield Digital calendar

Events on our calendar are seen by hundreds of people every week – make sure yours is on there too!

Best of all, for the most part, it’s populated by the people who organise those events. And we’d love to add more. If you have a meetup and want to get it on the calendar, this is the post for you. What type of event goes on the calendar? As you can tell by looking

Episode 8: David Richards on WANdisco and his new tech skills foundation

David Richards explains his plans to change the way children are taught computer skills in schools.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed We kick off 2018 with a fantastic guest on episode 8 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast. David Richards is the CEO of the hugely successful WANdisco, which specialises in big data and has offices in Silicon Valley and Sheffield. It was absolutely fascinating

Businesses work with Sheffield College on new apprenticeship

Great progress is being made and you can find out more at an update briefing on 7th February.

It was a chance for the College to share their plan to introduce a Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship. Staff at the College want to make sure that the programme is structured and delivered in a way that will meet the needs of local businesses, so the aim has been to involve employers from the

Company spotlight: TribePad

TribePad's recruitment software is used by some of the biggest companies in the world.

TribePad is one of Sheffield’s best kept secrets and a real success story for the city. The company was founded in 2008 by Dean Sadler, who was part of the core team that set up Plusnet. After selling Plusnet to BT Group in 2007, he was looking for a new challenge and decided to shake