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.
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, The Duke of York Award, is a new digital programme that is helping people of all ages learn new digital skills.
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.
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.
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.
There are three meetings open to all partners.
1. Future Workforce Networking Group - 27th November 2019 @County Hall, Preston
2. Skilled and Productive Workforce Networking Group - 11th December 2019 @ The Civic Centre. Leyland
3. Inclusive Workforce Networking Group - next meeting TBC