It’s been almost a year since the Digital Skills Partnership launch at EKM in Preston. Lancashire was the first county in the UK to launch a partnership and in the last 12 months have been joined by 5 others which include Heart of the South West, West Midlands Combined Authority, South East, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and Cheshire and Warrington.
UK’s first Digital Skills Partnership launched in #Lancashire https://t.co/SLPWgmF5e8 #WeAreLancashire pic.twitter.com/CUUM3ty5qz
— Lancashire LEP (@lancslep) April 20, 2018
The long term goals are to help identify gaps in digital skills provision in Lancashire, encourage partners to work strategically together to address them and attract investment from outside bodies.
The event kick-started numerous initiatives and has no signs of slowing down. Kerry Harrison joined as our Regional Coordinator in December 2018. In a blog she wrote for the Digital Skills Partnership she said; “It’s my job to share knowledge and opportunities, and join the dots between existing good practice and those in need of support and development. Growing the number of people, businesses and providers in our partnership will continue to strengthen the work that takes place now.”
Already this year we have seen local schools and colleges take part in the Digital Advantage programme. The graduation ceremony will be in May at County Hall in Preston and we’d love to see some of our members there and give you the chance to chat with your future workforce.
Digital Lancashire have also been supporting Further Education providers as they prepare for the introduction of T-Levels in September 2020. You can read more about this here. We’ve also helped to organise numerous Google Garage workshops, the last of which was held at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk. There have also been numerous Facebook workshops held across the county including one held at Society 1 in Preston last month.
All set for the @facebook Digital Skills Training today delivered by The Extraordinary Club @TExtraordinaryC.
It’s going to be a good session, looking forward to it.#digitalskillstraining #coworking #preston #learning pic.twitter.com/WXZcU4tVbL
— Society1 (@coworksociety1) March 27, 2019
As well as training there are events happening monthly within the county that bring people working in digital and tech roles together. These include Lancashire Tech Talks which takes place in Blackburn each month, #DigitalMeetUpPreston and Code for Lancaster. All of these events and more can be found on our Events page. Click the links above to join the groups on MeetUp.
It’s our aim over the next 12 months to have a Digital Lancashire roadshow of events so if you think your town or city should host one, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We play an active role in the Digital Skills Partnership and want to continue to be the voice of our members. For this, we need you to continue sharing your opportunities and challenges with us whether they relate to infrastructure, technology or people.
If there’s something you think we should be doing over the next 12 months to continue with our goal of accelerating the digital economy in Lancashire, please get in touch.