The Digital Skills Partnership (DSP) has been active for 14 months. The Partnership demonstrates high levels of engagement from its board who meet bi-monthly and includes the Chief Technical Officers of the Met Office, UKHO, Leonardo, Directors from Cosmic, BT, Microsoft, Vice Principals of Exeter, South Devon and Bridgwater & Taunton College amongst others. The Partnership also has significant wider engagement across the Digital Sector as a result of a sustained stakeholder engagement approach.
The Partnership successfully bid for and received £445,000 (£520,000 with the initial pilot year funding) from Central Government, in part to sustain the DSP into its second year but for the most part to deliver digital upskilling initiatives for businesses, individuals and young people. During 2019 the Partnership worked with national training providers such as Lloyds, Google, Buzz Start Academy and Microsoft to facilitate digital workshops across the region for 850 people. The Partnership visited schools to speak to over 1500 young people about the breadth of digital careers and pathways into both the tech sector but also digital jobs across all sectors. We also spoke to over 600 business leaders about the benefits of developing employees’ digital capability, shared funding news and training opportunities.
Moving into 2020 the Partnership has formulated a strategy to raise levels of digital capability across the region, focused on key themes of Education, Business and Inclusion. From an operational perspective we’ll also be ensuring we measure digital skills activity that are sparked by the Partnership, reviewing how we engage with key stakeholders to maximise engagement opportunities and signalling a clear call for regional digital skills investment into the new Government.