Digital Innovations

Title: Digital Innovations
Date: 6th May 2020
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm (UK time)
Chair: Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH Associates
Presenters:  Rhys Herriott, NESTA CareerTech Challenge and Gareth Phillips, Head of Communications, Careers Wales

This webinar explores digitial innovations in a career development context. 

  • Nesta research suggests that more than six million people in the UK are currently employed in occupations that are likely to radically change or entirely disappear by 2030 due to automation, population aging, urbanisation and the rise of the green economy. In the nearer-term, the coronavirus crisis has intensified the importance of this problem. Recent warnings suggest that a prolonged lockdown could result in 6.5 million people losing their jobs. Of these workers, nearly 80% do not have a university degree.

  • Nesta is delivering the CareerTech Challenge, in partnership with the Department for Education, as part of their National Retraining Scheme. Solutions being funded through the CareerTech Challenge are designed to support people who will be hit the hardest by an insecure job market over the coming years. ​​​​​​​

Careers Wales is on a digital transformation journey from its award winning use of video, exciting new gaming developments and pioneering website and resources. In recent times the company has adapted its service delivery model in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Key lessons are bing learned in relation to the role of digital as they look ahead and plan for the new normal.

Note: DMH Associates is supported by DfE and Nesta through the CareerTech Challenge. You can find out more information about the programme here: ​​​​​​​

  • Dr Deidre Hughes, Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH Associates

  • Rhys Herriott, Programme Manager, NESTA CareerTech Challenge

    Rhys Herriott is the Programme Manager in Nesta Challenges' Thriving Communities team, with a focus on the future of work and skills. He oversees the CareerTech Challenge Prize, a £1.2m competition to surface innovative uses of labour market data which help people understand and navigate the world of work.

  • Gareth Phillips, Head of Digital and Communications for Careers Wales

    communications for Careers Wales, Gareth leads a team that seeks innovative ways to use technology to engage inspire young people and adults to raise aspiration, broaden horizons and support them to overcome barriers to achieve their future career goals. Gareth's own career path started in journalism before moving into a public sector communications and digital transformation roles and joining Careers Wales in September 2019.

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