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Halifax Digital Festival Relaunches to Close Yorkshire’s Digital Skill Gap

AND Digital partnered with Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority to relaunch the Halifax Digital Festival from May 21-23, supporting the growing digital sector and closing the skills gap in Yorkshire.

Addressing talent shortages and digital demand to unite businesses, the public sector and educational organisations was the key focus of the festival, set against the backdrop of Halifax’s proximity to major cities including Leeds and Manchester.

The Festival Committee worked to ensure a diverse mix of participants, emphasising community and inclusivity. Jeremy Hall of Dean Clough Ltd. highlighted Calderdale’s unique appeal for work-life balance, seeing the festival as a catalyst for future growth and innovation in the community.

Across the three days, Generative AI, Data and Customer Centricities made up the focus of the discussion across a series of panel talks, roundtables, seminars and tutorials to share knowledge across the local community.

Stephen Paterson, Chief for Technology and People at AND Digital, commented:“ Digital has no boundaries, technology can open up business opportunities for local communities to help distribute economic prosperity across the UK. Digital skills, such as generative AI and data, therefore play a crucial role and events including the Halifax Digital Festival act as great training grounds to close the skills gap.

Education plays a vital part in developing future digital skills, and we have a strong commitment from the Department of Education at the festival demonstrating the importance of training and upskilling for the country. We are delighted to be working with Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority to relaunch the Halifax Digital Festival, to share knowledge around digital skills and boost the digital industry in Halifax.”