Digital skills 'are key'

Employers in Wales will be told today that digital technology is key to enterprise, jobs and growth. World-leading technology experts will explain how best to harness ICT at the 'Digital 2013' event in Newport.

Digital 2013: Swansea children show off IT skills to businesses

School children from Swansea have been given a front line role in helping to attract jobs and business to Wales.

They've been recruited to speak to business leaders from across the world about the skills available to companies who come here.

It's all part of a major conference, organised by the Welsh Government called Digital 2013.

Joanna Simpson reports.

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Digital skills worth over £1bn to Welsh economy

Digital 2013 is a two-day event that begins today at the Celtic Manor at Newport which aims to enable businesses to harness cutting-edge technologies for economic benefit.

Led by the Welsh Government's ICT Exploitation Unit it will be bringing world experts to Welsh business leaders.

High-growth, innovative businesses are at the core of any buoyant economy and supporting them to utilise technology will be key if Wales is to be positioned at the cutting edge of the digital economy.

It's promising to see such a high-profile digital event held here in Wales, demonstrating Wales' credentials as an outward-looking nation that's committed to up-skilling the economy and getting behind the digital agenda to encourage inward investment and growth.

– Sir Terry Matthews

Leaders from global technology organisations will share their expertise on cutting edge megatrend technologies at the event.


Digital technology 'key to Wales' economic future'

The Welsh Government has organised today's Digital 2013 event to explain to employers how digital technology can lead to business growth. Credit: PA

A glimpse of the digital future in Wales will be unveiled today when a group of schoolchildren from Swansea will be giving business leaders a lesson on how to use new technology.

Digital 2013 is launched in Newport this morning with the promise of robots and cloud technology.

Organised by the Welsh Government - the aim of the conference is to showcase Wales as a place to locate and grow a digital business.

The event brings together a thousand delegates and includes a skills day at which firms can find out how new technology can provide opportunities to grow.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart says ICT is now integral to businesses in Wales and could generate a further £1.5bn to the economy over the next five years.

"Effective use of digital technologies is key to enterprise, jobs and growth and Digital 2013 is an ideal opportunity for Welsh businesses to hear how best to harness ICT from world-leading technology experts," she says.