Festival to show Dorset is a place to do digital business

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Dorset’s future as a place of digital commerce will be showcased when local businesses and industry leaders come to the Festival of the Future.

They will be speaking at Dorset Innovation Park in Winfrith on Wednesday 12 October, when the festival will highlight career opportunities in the digital sector.

The event will highlight the number of different roles and local businesses will share what they do and the type of jobs they offer.

Bovington Academy students will also participate in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering and math) challenge that will use virtual reality to bring storytelling to life.

Dorset LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) will talk about the skills needed to ensure the local workforce is equipped for a digital future.

There will also be demonstrations involving robots and drones and the CEO of techUK will highlight how emerging technology can boost business.

Dorset Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Peter Wharf, said: “We’re going to talk about the different digital skills and careers available and break the myth that it’s all about coding.

“Soft skills such as excellent customer service and creativity are needed in this industry, along with technical knowledge.

“We will explore how changing workforce needs could support economic growth here in Dorset, how innovation is needed in the sector and the support available for businesses nationally and locally.

“By attending this free event, you’ll meet new people and hear from local businesses on the cutting edge of innovation and cutting-edge technology.”

Everyone is invited to attend the event, which will be held at the BattleLab in Dorset Innovation Park, from 10.30am to 12.30pm on 12 October. To book your tickets to attend in person or watch online, go to www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/festival-of-the-future-2022

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