80-82 Wardour St
London, England W1F 0TG

The skills shortage in digital media is worsening. 2008 promises to be a crunch year for some, and the pain is widely distributed. So what are we going to do about it?

People are moving around and big brands are offering glitzy packages. But this is just the industry cannibalising itself, not growing the digital gene pool.

As demand for digital media and services increases, companies are feeling the squeeze as talent is not coming into the industry in sufficient numbers. Many businesses struggle to train staff and augment their abilities.

Unless these issues are addressed, the knock-on effect for the digital and related industries will be severe. Innovation and competitiveness will be diminished.

The UK is a hub for creative and technical talent, so smart solutions must be possible. Training, mediated internships, bringing people over from print, radio and TV... what else can we do?

Join us on 29th January to discuss the options...


Matt Alder - Head of Digital, Barkers
Tim Elkington - MD, Enhance Media
Harry Fowler - Group Digital Recruiter, AMV Group
Laura Jordan-Bambach - Head of Art, Glue & Co-founder, SheSays
Fiona Kilkelly - Interactive Manager, Skillset
Chair: Sam Michel - CEO, Chinwag


Mandy Berry - Director, Zero-One
Thayer Driver- Co-founder, Chinwag Jobs
Robin Gurney - Owner, Altex Marketing & Founder, Angloestonian
Craig Hanna - Training Director, E-consultancy
Steve Hutson - European Manager for New Media, Aquent
Nicky Swain - HR Manager, Digital Outlook

(Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served)

TIMINGS: 6pm doors open for drinks & networking. Discussion starts 6.30pm sharp. Debate ends 8.30pm - drinks and networking continue until 11pm.


COST: £25+VAT until 23rd Jan, £40+VAT thereafter

Official Website: http://live.chinwag.com/skillsemergency

Added by chinwag on December 18, 2007



Just a reminder that the early bird rate (£25+VAT) expires midnight tonight (Thurs); it's £40+VAT after that.

(BTW, the price includes some complimentary drinks and snacks)


As this event is part of our broader commitment to tackling the deep-seated issues surrounding the talent shortage in digital media, we also conducted a survey in Nov/Dec, the results of which were released yesterday.

Chinwag Jobs Digital Skills Survey 2007

It's also blogged on two of our websites, if you have any feedback or opinions to share:





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