MadLab's Making it Digital is a series of digital fabrication workshops and courses designed to equip unemployed and underemployed women with skills to kickstart careers, launch businesses and open up new job opportunities in technology and beyond!

What you'll learn

We will offer practical, hands-on sessions as well as talks led by industry professionals that emphasise foundational digital making technology.

Our workshop sessions will cover a series of introductory, digital making activities; from operating, designing and producing prototypes with 3D printing and laser cutting, to learning the nuts and bolts of coding with BBC micro:bits. You can find detailed information about all of the workshops and seminars in the series on the dates page.

Who are these sessions for?

The classes are designed for women of any ability and experience level, from complete beginners to the more advanced. Whether you have a certain career in mind, or simply want to develop new skills while gaining insight into a growing field, we encourage you to come and cultivate your potential for success in the creative and technology industries!

These opportunities are only available to Manchester City residents (not Greater Manchester), aged 18+. Attendees will need basic computer and digital skills.

If this isn’t you, or you require additional training before attending, or have any further enquiries, please get in touch at

Apply for a place

If you would like to attend our seminars and/or workshops, please fill in our application form. Applications will be independently scored, with priority places being awarded to those who will benefit most. We have a limited number of places, so please fill in the application form carefully and provide us with as much information as possible. Applications close on 4th May and we aim to advise applicants on whether they have been successful or not by 7th May. 




We are pleased to announce that we will be running two daytime workshops, as a follow-up to our Making It Digital programme. We are offering FREE spaces to the workshops run by Gemma May Latham, our brilliant MadLab maker, for unemployed and underemployed women based in Greater Manchester. If you’d like more information or would like to attend please send an email to with the following information:

  • Why you would like to attend
  • Which sessions you can attend
  • Your address
  • A contact number
  • The gender of which you identify
  • Your employment status


Laser Cut Acrylic Jewellery on Thursday 5th July, 10am - 1pm

Join us to learn the principles of creating laser cut acrylic jewellery, from design through to production. Perfect for budding designers and makers who want to create unique products in this versatile medium.


3D Printing on Friday 13th July, 10am - 1pm

Explore modelling for 3D printing through experimenting with everyday objects. The session will include a mix of physical and digital making in the creation of files for 3D printing.