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Yesterday we held a career fair with a difference. It was called SparcX, and it was a huge success!  

The event brought together passionate job seekers with forward-thinking businesses from the science and tech sector – businesses who were recruiting! SparcX provided a unique opportunity for both groups to connect, network and inspire each other.

For those of you who don’t know by now; M-SParc provides laboratory and office space to companies in the science and technology sectors, with a focus on fostering innovation, collaboration, and growth. We provide dedicated business support to help those companies thrive, and the average wage at M-SParc is almost £5k more than the Wales average. However, we are acutely aware of the skills gap that exists in the industry and are working tirelessly to bridge this gap by hosting events like SparcX, and through our Skill-SParc programme.

Did you know that in North Wales, 7,000 people are employed in higher level digital skills jobs, but as many as 27,000 people are underemployed? There is a need for a 23% increase in the number of professional occupiers in the energy and environment sector by 2024, and a 20% increase in associate and technical occupations. This is the skills gap we’re trying to bridge.

During SparcX, the atmosphere was electric, with attendees eagerly introducing themselves and sharing their experiences and aspirations. Standing in front of an audience and talking about yourself can be nerve-wracking but people put themselves in that discomfort zone and saw the benefits! The networking session that followed provided the perfect platform for job seekers to talk to businesses, ask questions, and learn more about the industry. And, of course, the event was topped off with a BBQ; what better atmosphere to discuss careers?

For job seekers – including graduates, Bangor University students, and those looking for a career change – attending SparcX was a truly enriching experience. It was a chance to meet inspiring people, learn about new and exciting opportunities in the science and tech sector, and make valuable connections that could help shape their career path.

For businesses, attending SparcX was equally rewarding. It was an opportunity to showcase their passion for innovation, meet and recruit talented job seekers, and network with other businesses in the industry.

SparcX was a shining example of how the power of community can inspire innovation, drive growth, and create a brighter future for all. Did you attend?

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Tom Burke

Digital Innovation Manager

Tom used to work at the KFC in his hometown of Colwyn Bay before it mysteriously burned down. He then spent several years “on the lam” in East Germany, where he worked as an animator in Berlin. When the wall fell, Tom came home.

He enjoys climbing and hates ice-skating.