News / Closing Lancashire’s digital skills gap

A pilot project to train young people in cutting-edge digital skills has been launched in Lancashire – as part of an innovative strategy to fuel growth in the county’s multi-million pound creative and digital economy.

Digital Advantage is offering around 200 young people the kind of skills which are rarely taught in local schools and colleges but are highly-prized by local employers.

It’s the first time the pioneering initiative – which encourages students to compete for a £2,000 prize by developing an actual digital product or service – has been introduced outside of Manchester.

Employers and industry experts from across the creative and digital sector in Lancashire are now being asked to lend their support though masterclasses, mentoring, sponsorship and to offer the Digital Advantage graduates job interviews for new apprentice positions.

The creative economy in Lancashire – which is dominated by digital, creative, software and computer science businesses – employees 36,000 people and is worth £1.3bn in GVA.

Yet 57 per cent of fast-growing businesses in a recent survey said they struggled to find technically capable staff with advanced IT or software skills. Provision of computer sciences at higher-education level also lags behind the national average.

Read more on the Lancashire LEP blog…

Closing Lancashire’s digital skills gap