Digital Skills Partnership

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership has drawn together information on digital tools and freely available digital training to support the use of those tools. We hope through this we can continue to support businesses, charities, educators and individuals.

What is the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership?

Find out more.

Partnership Activity and Opportunities

Free digital skills training and support:

Digital Skills Support for Businesses & Charities

From Zoom to Slack, businesses and charities of all sizes, in the current climate, will be looking to quickly find the best digital tools for them and to upskill their teams quickly in how to use them in a productive way. Click here to find out more about what is available online and for free.

Digital Skills Opportunities for Young People

As digital skills across all areas of work are, “essential entry requirements for two-thirds of UK occupations… accounting for 82% of online job vacancies,” (Burning Glass, 2019), it is important to be able to reflect these skills on you CV. Click here to find free, online ways to improve you digital skills.

Unemployed, changing career or reflecting on the need to up skill?

If you are unemployed or just want to development your digital skills we have put together a list of free online learning for individuals across a wide range of digital skills levels and topics employment which should increase career opportunities. Click here to find out more.

Online Digital Skills Training for Educators

There are many demands on the time of teachers. Following the closure of schools, colleges and universities, many teachers are suddenly looking for help with learning how to use a variety of tools from Google Classroom to Zoom. Click here to find some free online help.

Digital Resources and 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.

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.

New updates:

Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund – Exciting extension of the scheme with DfE Digital Bootcamp funding.

The Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund is a joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership and was established to address locally identified digital skills gaps. The Fast Track Fund supports Greater Manchester and Lancashire residents with accessible routes into digital employment, specifically targeting disadvantaged groups and those underrepresented to help them get into digital roles.

This autumn there will be an exciting extension of the fund, supported by the Department for Education through their ‘Bootcamp Fund’, designed to give people more opportunities to build up their digital skills and fast-track them to an interview with a local employer.

These modern, hands-on courses will be delivered in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities to help candidates develop the digital skills most in-demand in Lancashire and help boost employability.

Further programmes will be open for candidate applications at the end of October. Please check back to this webpage then for details and how you can apply to take part. 

For more information on training opportunities in Lancashire that are available now check out the links on this page or

Externally Funded Digital Skills Projects

We have a number of upskilling projects that are focused on improving participants’ skills to access digital roles and careers.

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 in 2019 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.

The programme was driven by a range of grass roots initiatives including digital skills ‘bootcamps’, special events, workshops and courses. Advisers will also sign-post people interested in developing more digital skills to training programmes already available in Lancashire. Click here to find out more about the programmes on offer.

Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund

This £3m fund is a powerful collaboration between GMCA, DCMS and the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership bringing together employers and training providers to run innovative digital training schemes linked to skills shortage vacancies. Click here to find out more about the fund and the programmes and consortia who have been successful in receiving funding.

Partnership Meetings

There are three meetings open to all partners to join the action.

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

Dates for future meetings will be announced soon.