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Launch event for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Digital Skills Partnership
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is celebrating the launch of its Local Digital Skills Partnership with a keynote event next month.
Taking place at The Eden Project on 9 May, the LEP is bringing together industry experts as well as inviting local businesses to help shape how the Digital Skills Partnership can best work in the region.
The pilot project aims to increase digital capability, address digital exclusion and ensure that businesses can recruit or upskill staff. The launch event is open to any organisation with an interest in digital skills, whether a business, charity or public sector organisation, and is free to attend.
Keynote speakers include Faith la Grange, Director of Local and Regional Government at Microsoft, and Toby Parkins, Director of Cornish software company Headforwards.
Paul Massey, director of Bluefruit Software in Redruth and chair of the LEP’s Employment and Skills Board, said: “This partnership is about improving digital skills for people and organisations, and reducing digital exclusion in Cornwall and Scilly. It’s important for our economy and for our quality of life. We have one of the best connected regional economies in Europe and a huge pool of untapped raw talent, and we need to ensure that people, businesses and communities can all thrive in an increasingly digital world.”
Almost half of all UK small businesses are experiencing digital skills gaps and in less than a decade the number of jobs requiring some technology skills is expected to increase from 50% now to 77%.
In Cornwall and the isles of Scilly around 13% of the population – or 71,000 people – have never used the internet and only 10% of students studying computer science at GSCE level in Cornwall are female.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP is among just six LEPs and combined authorities across the country to have secured funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to establish a Local Digital Skills Partnership.
The launch event takes place on Thursday 9 May from 12-3pm at The Eden Project. Find out more and register here.