Manchester Digital has urged businesses in Greater Manchester to help futureproof the digital and tech sector.
Greater Manchester’s digital and creative sector will require at least 22,000 additional roles by 2035 in order to sustain itself, according to Manchester Digital.
The not-for-profit trade body is asking companies to sign up to be Digital Futures Ambassadors and support educators to deliver relevant curriculum and careers guidance so that more children will consider working in the digital sector after education.
Since the campaign launched earlier this year, over 100 businesses have pledged their support, including Moneysupermarket.com, On the Beach, Manchester City Football Club and PwC.
Manchester Digital aims to have a total of 250 businesses on board by May 2020, through the GMCA-supported initiative.
Whilst there has been support from city-centre tech businesses, there are still companies out of the city centre who Manchester Digital are keen to get on board.
Emma Grant, the group’s Talent and Skills Manager, said: “It’s crucial we continue to build on and foster this growth if the region is to compete in the global technology space.
“Talent is central to making this possible. In order for this growth to be achievable and sustainable, we need help from progressive, forward-thinking local businesses in the local boroughs.”