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The Digital Skills Gap - The Brum Muse 12 Months On

A talk by Daniel Hoff-Rodrigues
Director / Community Lead, CX Squared / Birmingham Tech

13 October 2020, 12:45 PM

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About this talk

At Birmingham Tech Week 2019, I delivered a talk on How We Bridge The Digital Skills Gap in Birmingham, and that is how my journey started. 1 year on, a lot has happened, noise has been made, actions and objectives hit and impact created. So how do we bridge the digital skills gap? The Brum Muse will tell you more. I want to highlight what work has been done to actually bridge the digital skills gap, through working with schools, students, parents, teachers and the importance of empowerment through conversations, both uncomfortable and comfortable. How diversity and digital poverty needs addressing and why bringing together people in the tech eco-system has allowed us to achieve goals and respect in not only our industry but as humans.

Daniel Hoff-Rodrigues

After graduating in law and studying at Oxford University Dan enjoyed a successful career in recruitment. However, over several years Dan became increasingly frustrated and disenchanted with the industry and in 2019 after planning for nearly 2-years, he became the proud Founder and Director of CX Squared. The Company was created out of a burning ambition to establish an organisation that is a community-focused talent business meaning it gives back first. The emphasis on community is at the heart of the enterprise with the focus on helping support and inspire the ‘Next Generation’ of tech talent through various community program and places the emphasis on both a client and candidate’s customer’s journey through each stage of the hiring process. Dan sits on the WMCA Digital Skills Partnership Board and is also the Community Lead for Digital Skills for Birmingham Tech a not-for-profit organisation created to help connect and elevate the West Midlands Tech Community. With a keenness on bridging the digital skills gap in Birmingham and the West Midlands, Dan created The Brum Muse with the aim of putting in place a framework with clear objectives and actions to help with schools, improve diversity for people of colour and create an equal platform for people from deprived areas of the city. Working with the Council and the WMCA Dan is seeking to help bridge the digital skills gap with different initiatives having gained interest from different local authorities with a view of developing The Brum Muse to be a white paper for local and central government. Dan is a champion advocate of encouraging people to talk about the topics that really matter. He strongly believes that “together we are stronger, meaning we can strive to achieve more, but only if we work collaboratively and not against each other.”

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