Professional Development Day

Friday 9th February 2024

We know continuous learning is important to professionals, particularly in digital. Professional Development Day provide an excellent opportunity to hone your skills, share knowledge and learn from your peers. If you’re considering a career move, then attend our free workshops which cover a range of industry skills and topics.

Who are Professional Development Days aimed at? 

Professionals already in the industry looking to upskill, or those looking to upskill for a career move.


Beyond pixels: How design teams can thrive

09:15 – 10:00
Friday 9th February 2024

Delivered by Auto Trader

Interested in how design teams can thrive? Join Auto Trader as they explore how they have embraced design culture and share some of their key areas of success when growing their team over the past couple of years.

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Business and Education: Talking the same language (private event)

09:30 – 11:00
Friday 9th February 2024

Delivered by Manchester Digital. This is a bespoke session for our Education Partners.

Unlock the secrets to successful collaboration between educational institutions and industry leaders in digital and tech! Join this engaging session tailored for digital and tech-focused professionals and career leads in Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE).

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Make Management Your Superpower

10:30 – 12:30
Friday 9th February 2024

Delivered by Andrew Thomas FRSA FloL

Managers in organisations of all shapes and sizes have encountered significant challenges over the last few years in doing just that – managing. Dispersed workers, multi-generational workforces, political uncertainty, and stagnant economies have made the actual practice of managing more complex and difficult.

In this session we will analyse some of the factors causing the challenges managers currently face and develop a blueprint of best practice that attendees can take away, populating their own management action plan.

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Yoga for Desk Workers with Feather and Rock yoga

13:00 – 13:40
Friday 9th February 2024

Delivered by feather and rock

Working at a desk or computer all day takes its toll on the body and the mind. This 40 minute online session will help to alleviate achy shoulders, necks and lower backs with simple exercises that gently stretch and strengthen. feather and rock invites you to carve out some time during your working day to use your computer for your positive well-being.

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Building Accessible & Sustainable Websites for People and Planet

14:00 – 16:00
Friday 9th February 2024

Delivered by Nexer. Sponsored by Manchester’s Digital Strategy.

In this workshop, you’ll learn development techniques to help make your site more sustainable and accessible, where the two intersect and complement one another, and how teams can embed the process from start to finish.

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Atkins: Cyber Training with Gaming Integration

The Atkins-led workshop covers the use of video games-based technologies with cyber training exercising, discussing the opportunities for improved visualisation and immersion to better understand the real-world impacts of decisions made in the digital environment. On display will be examples of technology use including Virtual Battlespace 4, a world-leading 3D synthetic environment evolved from the successful mil-sim video games series “Arma”. Our training and simulation experts will outline the challenges of integrating commercial games technologies with those used for cyber training, the skills necessary to overcome these challenges and deliver successful skills development, and a look at the future of cyber training delivery.

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GlobalLogic: What is Product Engineering? Enhancing & Saving Lives

Join GlobalLogic for an interactive professional development session on “What is Product Engineering? – Enhancing & Saving Lives” hosted by Andy Tebb, Engineering Centre Director.

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Auto Trader: What is Product Design?

Join Lee Jeffery and members of the Auto Trader Design and Research team as they explore the world of product design, content design and research.

Have you ever wondered how we build products? How do we ensure we’re building the right thing? How do we solve these complex problems and how do we collaborate with product and engineering teams?

The team will take you through the different disciplines that make up our team, what we do day-to-day and who we interact with.

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Raytheon: How professional software is created

A first hand insights session from Raytheon UK software engineering team on developing software capability, utilising current tech stacks and agile methodologies. Come and join us to understand the challenges we face and the solutions we find. 

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Zuhlke: Data Engineering with Azure Cloud

Join Zuhlke for an interactive professional development session on Data Engineering with Azure Cloud hosted by Sudhanshu Raj, Senior Data Engineer.

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Manchester City Council: Ethical Data: from abstracts to action!

Does your workplace support an ethical approach to data intelligence and analysis? How do you translate ethics into
practice? Do your personal values affect your professional approach to data ethics and responsibility? How can you
champion ethical data practices in your organisation?

At this interactive event we will explore what data ethics and responsibilities looks like to you on a personal,
organisational and societal level. Through a series of interactive activities, we will challenge our understanding of
what ethical data management really means in organisations, and what concrete actions we can take towards
realising “data ethics”.

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BAE Systems Digital Intelligence: Find your digital doorway

Join the BAE Digital Intelligence Recruitment Marketing & Employer Brand Team for a workshop to help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications.

Did you ever wonder what Recruiters want when they review people’s applications? How do you make it past that initial look and get an interview? We spoke to our Recruiters and Hiring Managers to understand some key things they look for on your CV, and what might be working against you!

Hopefully with a few tweaks to your CVs we can help you catch the recruiter’s eye and hook the Hiring Manager in so you get that all important interview and a chance to wow them! The session will be a mix of tips and Q&A opportunity to discuss specific issues you may have.

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