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ITV collaborates with North West employers to grow next generation of technology talent

16-18 year olds will be invited into the broadcaster's offices to explore what a job in technology has to offer

ITV is working with a number of businesses operating in the UK’s North West as they aim to grow and diversify technology talent in the region.

The coalition of employers also includes ANS, Arup, Cloud Co Solutions, GCHQ, Microsoft, PwC, Talk Talk, and the University of Salford.

They will invite 16-18 year olds into their offices to explore what a job in technology has to offer. The students don’t need to have a background in technology in order to take part in the sessions.

ITV said it has over 650 people working in technology, product and data, while tech and product roles within streaming have increased by 50 per cent since 2020, to conceive, build and deliver its new streaming service ITVX later this year.

In the last two years the number of data roles at ITV has doubled, with the recent recruitment also increasing female diversity to 52 per cent and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic diversity to 33 per cent, across all levels, said the broadcaster.

Mark Smith, group CIO at ITV, said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of this exciting initiative. It’s really important to allow young people to see the variety of roles on offer in technology and data, as we foster the next generation of talent. At ITV, we believe talking about digital should be easy and a part of everyday conversation. We want digital to be something that everyone at ITV is involved in.”