Birmingham City University to tackle employability issues with two-day event


Birmingham City University will tackle the issue of employability across the region with a DataJam West Midlands event this September.

The two-day event, which runs from 11-12 September, brings together experts, professionals and practitioners from a number of sectors to discuss and identify solutions to the West Midlands’ employability concerns.


Businesses will be able to find answers to a number of issues, including recruiting the right skills for their company and influencing regional skills provision. The event is also an opportunity to pitch questions to delegates to find solutions to various business challenges.

The inaugural DataJam West Midlands will stage a number collaboration activities, including a hackathon, which sees attendees form working groups to discuss and exchange ideas. They will look to develop solution prototypes for identifying candidates with the right skills, improving the pathway from degree to graduate-level job and negotiating the ever-widening digital skills gap.

Other activities taking place include the learning marketplace, which will offer insight into implementing design thinking into the workplace and utilising LinkedIn’s online courses, respectively. There is also the opportunity to pitch ideas and questions, discuss potential collaborations and gain further knowledge from keynote sessions.

Representatives from leading organisations Microsoft, the Department of Work and Pensions, and West Midlands Combined Authority will be on hand to offer advice and guidance, as well as experts from the University and STEAMhouse, the University’s maker space.


We are delighted to be hosting the first DataJam West Midlands event here at Birmingham City University,”

says Jo Birch, Director of Innovation Enterprise and Employability at the University.

“ As an institution we are keen to support collaborations and events that assist in supporting new insight and action to improve skills and employability in our region.  This event is an amazing opportunity to bring together representatives from many different sectors to find innovative solutions, new data insight and exchange ideas on this central topic."


If you are interested in attending DataJam West Midlands, visit the official EventBrite page and register now for free. Attendees are also encouraged to offer datasets or data questions for the hackathon by emailing