On the morning of Wednesday 10th of May 2017, UTC@MediaCityUK were privileged to host the ‘Future of Education Round-table’ event. We had a great panel of experts & thought leaders that made the journey here to start their day off with an innovative debate. All who attended, shared in enthusiastic discussion regarding the titled topic, relating it to Digital & Creative Media. They identified that there is a skills gap in the digital creative industry & to actually fill this gap, they inputted and commented on each opinion and decided what they are going to do about it, going forwards.

Breakfast event

Here is a full list of thought leaders who were here:

Joe Gosling & Samson OwolabiBearded Fellows

Billy Henshaw  – Seventy7Group

Avi D JacobsonSDMG

Naomi TimperleyTechNorthAdvocates

Jon CornerThe Landing

Lynne Makinson-WalshDreamr

Gillian Sherwood –  The Lowry

Neil FowlerUniversity of Salford

“A young person has all the ideas in the world and to encourage these via education, a great teacher must be a great coach” – Samson Owalabi from Bearded Fellows

Our Principal & host; Sharon Gardner started off the event with asking the vital questions, “what can we do regarding the skills gap, how do the Creative Industries as well as your individual companies view education as a whole and what do the Creative Industries really need?”

All attendees made interesting points made from these questions and were all informative. One being, “Creative thinking & entrepreneurial skills should be within the school curriculum”  and to partner with this, the live briefs that UTC@MediaCityUK conduct in partnership with many different companies.

Avi from Super Duper Media Group thinks that students should be given “full ownership of live briefs, as they can be praised when things go right but also take responsibility when things go wrong… Any short failure will help and creativity derives from failure“.


So UTC@MediaCityUK and others are going to take all outcomes on board & come up with one plan that enables young people to express their ideas in an entrepreneurial method as well as supporting all of their existing skills & introducing them to ‘soft skills’.

Please note: There will be videos uploaded soon to our Facebook regarding this event!

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Written by,

James Wood

Social Media & Digial Marketing Apprentice