TWO Bolton entrepreneurs are campaigning to bring digital skills to young people across the town.

The Bolton and Bury Business Award’s Young Person of the Year Saeed Atcha and Business person of the year David Ingram set up the scheme aiming to bridge the “serious” gap between in digital skills after MPs warned of a “crisis” in the sector - with a government report finding almost 90 per cent of new jobs require digital skills.

Founder of Xplode Magazine, Mr Atcha, said: “Everybody needs digital skills and the fact remains that there is a serious shortage.

“We’re all online, but there is a long-running weakness in the way we as a country approach developing digital skills that makes our young people workplace ready.

“I would step further and say let’s bring digital skills to young people to prepare young people for the jobs that do not exist yet.”

As part of the new scheme, the first of Xplode’s monthly seminars, was delivered by Bolton-based web agency Bring Digital.

Managing director, David Ingram, who led the seminar, said: “There’s a growing demand for digital talent in the north west, and it was great to see young people with a genuine passion to equip themselves with these skills and to develop their knowledge further.

“There’s a booming sector crying out for creative and digital skills, and it’s happening right here in Greater Manchester.

“I hope the session helped excite the team and gave them a small glimpse of the fantastic opportunities that could lay ahead for them if they continue to develop these skills.”