12th April 2017

Tangerine & The Juice Academy Challenge Top Two Manchester Mayor Candidates on Digital Skills

The Tangerine and The Juice Academy teams played host last week to the leading two mayoral candidates in the Manchester Mayor election, to be polled on 4th May.

Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council and Skills Lead for the Combined Authority, took part in a lunch on Tuesday in The Juice Academy, attended by members of the North West Business Leadership Team, during which he discussed the Industrial Strategy Green Paper and his views on its ten pillars.

Sandy Lindsay MBE, Chair, Tangerine Communications & The Juice Academy and Emma Degg, CEO of the North West Business Leadership Team, have previously met with Sean to discuss the Skills Charter they are leading in partnership with the NWBLT, IoD and CBI, which resulted in Sean’s visit to Tangerine & The Juice Academy on Monday.

In addition to this, Andy Burnham MP, who has been the Member of Parliament for Leigh since 2001, also visited The Juice Academy yesterday, where he spent time speaking to apprentices and graduates about their challenges and aspirations, before being walked through the Skills Charter by Sandy and Emma also.

Following their visits Sandy put a single question to them both: What are your views on the issue of the digital skills gaps and, if you were to become mayor, what would you do about them?  Their answers and approaches were very different:

Sean Anstee:

Andy Burnham MP:

Sandy Lindsay MBE, Chair, Tangerine Communications & The Juice Academy commented: “We are very fortunate in that both of the leading mayoral candidates have a deep understanding of education and skills and their vital importance to our economy.  I was encouraged also by their answers on digital skills in particular – there are myriad stats that prove that if we don’t make a step change in the way we’re addressing digital skills in our region, and soon, many of our most promising businesses will suffer and the productivity gap between our region and others will continue to grow. I await May 4th with interest.”