Digital Skills Partnership

Is a trailblazer funded by the DCMS that sits within the Skills and Employment Hub of the Lancashire LEP and brings together public private and charity sector organisations to address the digital skills needs of the County.

What is the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership?

Find out more.

Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund - Second Call

This £3m 'Fast Track' fund aims to support businesses in training local people, in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, to fill hard-to-fill vacancies that require specialist digital skills through new, short, bespoke, innovative training.


Partnership Activity and Opportunities

iDEA is a new digital programme that is helping people of all ages  learn new digital skills.

Lancashire’s iDea badge

This free programme is available to everyone  in Lancashire and helps to develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through a series of online challenges, you win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry recognised awards.

This award aims to be the digital and enterprise equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for all the family.

Sign up to take part. 

Get two free points by claiming the Lancashire Digital Skills badge by clicking ‘Redeem’ and entering the badge code:  D1G1LANCS18UP if you’re 18 or over, and D1G1LANCS18UN if you’re under 18.

Further information can be found on the iDEA website or by talking to Lancashire County Council library staff at your local library.

Free online digital skills training

Click to find out more information on free digital training from organisations such as: Google, AWS, openSAP, Cisco and CompTIA. A wide variety of topics are covered from coding to big data.

Digital Opportunities for Schools and educators

Click to find out more about a range of free resources, competitions and careers education opportunities for those working with young people in schools, colleges and universities.

Digital Skills Innovation Fund

The Lancashire Digital Skills partnership is just one of four regions in the UK to have secured over £250,000 of investment from the Government’s £1 million Digital Skills Innovation Fund (DSIF). The funding, from the department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is specifically aimed at helping people underrepresented within the Lancashire digital workforce gain more sector specific skills and boost their employability.

CompTIA, one of three delivery partners, are presently recruiting for their IT-Ready UK Programme. Click for further information on the part-time flexible and full-time programmes. Applications can be made here.

Click here to find out more about all the programmes on offer.


Partnership Meetings

There are three networking meetings open to all partners. Dates for the next meetings will be shared soon.

1. Future Workforce Networking Group
2. Skilled and Productive Workforce Networking Group
3. Inclusive Workforce Networking Group


Looking for support with apprenticeships, funded training
or another type of skills support for your business?