About Us

About Us

Digital Innovators supports young people and employers by providing the skills, confidence and experience needed to meet current and future business needs.

We help young people and those not currently in education, employment or training, access career opportunities by providing them with the confidence, self-belief, leadership and digital skills to help them stand out.

Our Vision

To enable young people to be the best they can be.

Our Mission

To provide alternative pathways to employment.

Our Style

To inspire and nurture confidence to unlock potential.

Our Goal

To help young people achieve their career ambitions.

Our Story

Our story began when founder, Mick Westman, retired from his successful career at BT. A more relaxed life beckoned, with perhaps a bit of management training and consultancy to keep him occupied.

But after visiting Solihull College & University Centre and talking to their team about the challenges some students faced as a result of being “different” his passion to help young people was ignited. Instead of slowing down, Mick has been the powerhouse behind a plan to give as many young people as possible the chance to be the best they can be – and solve the UK’s digital skills crisis to boot.

Following a successful pilot in partnership with the College, Digital Innov8ors (now trading as Digital Innovators) was born and has gone from strength to strength.

Our Management Team combines experienced technology, psychology, engineering and management experts, with fresh ideas and challenge from our younger recruits.

Meet the Team

Mick Westman

Founder & Managing Director

Pete Cripps

Design & Technology Manager

David Hull

Business Development & Operations Director

Harry Paige

Industry Relationship Manager

Chris Kennedy

Junior Project Manager

Catherine Martin

Associate Communications Director

Our Partners

We work with a number of partners that help us deliver our training and and provide the skills that employers need.

Solihull College & University Centre has been the original base for Digital Innovators and source for the initial cohort of students for our program.

Digital Innovators has secured funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to provide free training to support low wage and unemployed individuals into work.

We are members of the Solihull Chamber of Commerce who support us in running events and contacts with local businesses.

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP were one of our original sponsors and have supported us throughout our journey.

The Skills Builder Partnership provides the national standard for teaching essential skills and supports progress for students of all ages and abilities – including those with special educational needs.

Career-Fit provides us with the tools and processes we use to increase our students self-awareness and help identify their potential career routes.

Supporters & Customers

Through our journey we’ve garnered a wide range of supporters and customers that have all put their trust in Digital Innovators. Many of the organisations below have identified projects for our students to work on. As a result, they’ve benefited from a fresh approach to their corporate challenges and many have offered our students apprenticeships as a result.

See our case studies for details or read more about how we work with employers.