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:

1. Lancashire’s Digital Skills Landscape Research Now Available –  Exec Summary

During 2019/20, Ekosgen, on behalf of the Partnership, have been putting together an evidence base around the digital skills landscape in Lancashire and the report is now available to read. The Executive Summary of the report can be downloaded here. If you would like a copy of the full report, please email:  This report will complement the full evidence base of the Skills Hub including the new 2020 Lancashire Labour Market Intelligence Toolkit.

2. The Skills Toolkit

The Skills Toolkit is a new online learning platform recently launched by the Government. It gives people access to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses, to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects. Digital skills are becoming increasingly essential across a vast array of jobs and sectors in the modern workforce, with three quarters (75%) of all job openings requiring at least basic digital skills. Boosting the nation’s digital skills is a first step towards recovery, helping people build up the skills employers need and boosting growth and productivity.

3. Looking for a remote challenge for your students? Side Quest might be the answer.

SideQuest is a new initiative for 13-19-year-olds to learn a range of key practical and workplace skills during lockdown through designing and building videogames. The scheme is set up by the youth games career service, Into Games and the national trade body, UKIE. Participants will be able to take part remotely, with free software, curriculum mapped worksheets, online tutorials and a community of fellow game builders on the social platforms Twitch and Discord.

Those that take part will have to build a game from scratch in 7 days to a theme set by a well known UK games studio, during the week, industry professionals will stream masterclasses, tips and careers advice, offering a creative way to develop students understanding about careers in the sector, satisfying a number of Gatsby benchmarks.

If you would like your students to take part, please go to or email for more details.

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. You can read a little about them below and follow the links for for more detail. Updates on these projects will be available later in the year.

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.

The programme will be 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.