New Digital Momentum initiative provides free digital skills training to under-represented groups in the Digital Sector

The new Digital Momentum initiative was launched by Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership following a successful bid for a £255 thousand share of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) £1 million national Digital Skills Innovation Fund.  Running until spring 2020, the 12 month pilot scheme will provide free digital training and support for up to 150 people from Torbay, Devon, Plymouth and Somerset, and targets groups which are underrepresented in the digital sector – specifically women and people living in the region’s 20% most deprived wards.

Offering a mix of free online and classroom-based training, the courses are provided by a range of local and national training providers and support all levels of competency, from those wishing to learn essential basic skills through to people looking to upskill and enhance their career prospects.

What’s on offer?

IT and Cyber Security Training (CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+)

Love Digital 2.0 Workshops for women in business/ returning to work

Pro Digital Training covering advanced digital learning modules including Data Analytics

Digital Mobilisation Bursaries in partnership with FE colleges and adult learning providers

And more…

“This is a fantastic programme of free digital upskilling opportunities for people with basic right through to advanced levels of digital skills. To try and appeal to as wide an audience as possible, we’re offering a mix of opportunities including short courses, courses spread over a few weeks, courses spread over a few months, daytime and evening learning, classroom and online learning approaches. If you are looking to improve your basis IT skills, raise your confidence with digital productivity tools or looking to move into a career in cyber security, networks or data analytics take a look at the website to see if there’s a fully funded course that’s right for you”

Heart of the South West Digital Skills Partnership Manager Charlotte Collyer said:

“We’re delighted to launch our new Digital Momentum Project as part of our successful Digital Skills Partnership. 15 areas bid for a share of the fund, so we are very pleased to be one of the four selected areas.”

Heart of the South West LEP Chair Steve Hindley, CBE DL said:

“Our new Digital Momentum Project provides a great opportunity for people in our local areas to learn valuable new skills, which will benefit not only themselves but will also help to develop a thriving digital economy in the South West.”

To find out what’s on offer and to check eligibility click here or call 07784 043325.