The impact of technological changes have been identified as one of the ‘Grand Challenges’ in the Government’s national Industrial Strategy. Locally, there is a growing debate about the impact that future digital developments will have on the skills that will be needed in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) and the impact on the economy more broadly. The Centre for Cities 2018 Outlook recognises that while technological change will bring significant opportunities to increase prosperity and jobs in cities, it found that 1 in 5 existing jobs in British cities are likely to be displaced by 2030.
In the light of the growing importance of this debate locally, this seminar, run jointly by the Liverpool City Region's Combined Authority and the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute as part of the programme of events for the International Business Festival, will discuss the digital revolution in the LCR and why it is important. It will ask which skills are needed in the digital economy and whether the LCR has those skills, and if there are digital skills gaps, what they are and how can they be filled? It will also ask what developments in the digital economy will drive demand for different skills in the future.