APPLICATIONS are now being accepted for a Creative and Digital skills programme launching this January, in Liverpool. Catalyst, a 10-week programme from Innovators Hub, is free and open to anyone aged 18-30 who is interested in starting or furthering a career in the digital or creative industry. Running one day a week for 10 weeks, over 20 local creative and digital agencies have designed the programme to give students the opportunity to experience the digital industry first hand. Students will experiment with different tools, processes, and technologies as well as gain invaluable advice from industry experts who will coach each workshop. Robyn Dooley, Innovators Hub Founder, said: “Catalyst is a real life example of an industry coming together to address an ever growing issue of the skills gap collectively. We’ve received a massive amount of support from local companies who have offered their time and resources to help us shape what a successful programme will look, and feel like, for young people wanting to work in the digital and creative industry, and what skills employers look for when recruiting. Capital and Centric have kindly loaned us an entire floor in the new Tempest building on Tithebarn Street, meaning we now have a solid home for 3 months to deliver the programme. The support has been overwhelming. Each of the programmes three themes; Connect, Collaborate and Create has been structured to encourage students to go on a personal, professional and collaborative journey and we’ve made sure that building confidence and supporting the students with their personal development is at the core of everything we do. On completing Catalyst, we will work closely with our students in connecting them with employment opportunities in local businesses.” If you’d like more information on Catalyst, Innovators Hub are holding an open day January 24, 1-4.30pm at the Tempest, Tithebarn Street. For more information on the programme or to apply visit: www.innovatorshub.co.uk/academy. If you come along on the day and are interested in being on the programme, they will help you to complete your application.