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“We are at a pivotal point. Technological developments are transforming the way we live and work. Our ability to continue on a path of innovation will be determined by our commitment as a nation to ensuring that everyone has the skills they need to support, and benefit from, a thriving digital economy.”
Phil Smith, co-chair of the National Digital Skills Board, former CEO and Chair of Cisco UK and Ireland, and the Chair of the Tech Partnership.

The Heart of the South West Digital Skills Partnership, launched in June 2018, brings together the public, private and third sector to tackle the digital skills divide in Somerset, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. It is one of seven Local Digital Skills Partnerships (LDSP) delivered in conjunction with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Our Local Digital Skills Partnership is responsible for coordinating and delivering a digital strategy that raises digital skills for our community. Working to eradicate social and geographical imbalances to ensure everyone has access to digital services. The partnership also focuses on workplace mobility; ensuring the right digital training is available for young people, those outside of the workforce, work returners and individuals looking to retrain. We champion an ethos that every workplace should be one where employees can continue to learn.

We also work closely with the regions education providers, to ensure young people are aware of the diverse range of digital careers available and that teaching staff are supported to keep pace with new technologies.

Charlotte Collyer, Digital Skills Partnership Manager is responsible for enabling digital skills activity and coordination across the region. Liasing with DCMS and representatives from the National Digital Skills Partnership Board to deliver a regional response to the  UK Digital Strategy, and partnering with national and regional training providers to facilitate activity that raises the level of digital skills across the region.

The Heart of the South West LEP Digital Skills Partnership meet bi-monthly, chaired by Julie Hawker, CEO of Cosmic and the full Heart of the South West Digital Skills Partnership’s membership can be viewed here

Here’s what the Digital Skills Partnership achieved in 2020:-

Digital Skills Partnership Quarterly Meetups 2021

The Partnership will be hosting mini digital skills conferences in 2021 and we welcome both regular and new attendees. The meetups will include an update on Digital Skills in the region, key speakers and regional opportunities, updates from the Digital Skills Partnership working groups and a chance to network. The events begin at 3pm on the following dates:-

  • 24th of March
  • 17th of June
  • 16th of September
  • 9th of December

Digital Skills Projects

Digital Skills Resources

Webinars worth a watch

Digileader’s week 16-20th of October 2020 featured over 300 speakers from across the UK. With talks covering Digital Health, AI, Data, Digital Inclusion and Digital Transformation choose your topic and watch the replay’s


Find free local digital training courses through the Heart of the South West LEP Growth Hub and local events on the South West Communities Calendar.

Specific Digital Skills Modules

Everyday Digital Skills

Coding Skills

Cyber Security Skills

For Business

For Schools

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