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Tech firm reveals the top ways to reach out to entry-level talent

With the Chancellor’s recent pledge of £3.5 billion to support tech – there’s never been a more exciting time to enter a career in technology.

By investing in attracting and nurturing new talent, tech companies can secure their position as industry leaders and ensure a sustainable future amidst evolving technological landscapes. The success of tech companies relies on their ability to attract and harness the potential of new talent, thereby fuelling innovation, fostering growth, and driving technological advancements for the benefit of society.

Following a stratospheric revenue growth of over 750% from £267,000 in 2018 to £ 2.3 million in 2022, UK tech firm, Talk Think Do has come up with six routes to reaching entry-level talent:

 Early exposure: Businesses can utilise careers fairs to reach out to students, apprentices, and graduates, interested in tech, via coding events, or tech-related workshops in schools and community centres.

Make tech relatable and relevant: UK tech firms can demonstrate how technology impacts daily lives and solves real-world problems, via work experience placements. Helping students work on real-time projects can bring concepts to life. Companies can tap into students’ interests and demonstrate how tech is used in; healthcare, entertainment and environmental sustainability.

Offering a mentorship programme: Team members can mentor students, graduates, and apprentices by providing shared experiences, career paths, and insights – demystifying the industry and boosting confidence. This can be promoted on LinkedIn to share programmes with other professionals in their network to initiate positive conversations.

Embrace AI: Teaching students how AI can be a highly marketable skill when used correctly, is invaluable – putting the tech company in a strong position to attract talent and become thought leaders in the AI space.

Diversity and inclusion: Proactively reaching out to underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, to pursue tech careers. Ideas include; using blog posts and case studies; showcasing successful, relatable role models in tech.

Highlight career prospects and opportunities: Using social media to present visuals – bringing employees’ potential career pathways to life for those new to the sector can paint a clear picture of opportunities available and give tech companies a competitive edge.

Promote free learning and development: Entry-level talent are looking for support and training on the job, and illustrating the availability of online resources, courses, and certifications through online literature, downloadable PDFs and infographics can effectively communicate this message. Offering free information opens new conversations with those looking to advance their understanding of the tech industry.

Matt Hammond, thefounder of UK tech firm, Talk Think Do, said: “Technology is constantly evolving, with new programming languages, frameworks, and tools emerging regularly. To keep pace, organisations need a continuous influx of talent that adapts quickly and brings a fresh understanding of the latest technologies. Attracting entry-level talent fosters diversity and inclusion, which is crucial for the tech industry’s success.”

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