Posted on:
21st May, 2019

Coventry Warwickshire LEP to forge new Digital Skills Partnership

Senior representatives from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport joined headline speaker Maggie Philbin OBE at the launch of the Cheshire and Warrington Digital Skills Partnership. In the photo: (L-R) Maggie Philbin OBE, CEO, Teentech; Andy Shields, Director, Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS); Christine Gaskell CBE, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP); Pat Jackson, Head of Skills, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP); and Clare Hayward, Director, Cirrus-Connect and Chair of the Launch.

The partnership is a government led initiative aiming to increase the digital capability of individuals and organisations - delivered locally by Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  

The event which took place on 15 May 2019, at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, saw over 70 businesses attend to learn more about how the Local Digital Skills Partnership (Local DSP) will accelerate digital skills capacity in Cheshire and Warrington, building further on the progress to date in bridging the digital skills gap. Demonstrating existing projects, guests met teams from Digital and Computing Science students from Priestley College and Crewe University Technical College (UTC), along with Bentley Motors and Daresbury SciTech. 

With businesses at the heart of the Local DSP, it was explained how they can get involved and help shape the availability and breadth of skills of their current and future workforce, across all sectors of industry, in order to take full advantage of new digital technologies.   

The Local Digital Skills Partnerships are part of an ongoing strategy by government. Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, said: 

"We are working hard to build a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone. Through the newly formed Cheshire and Warrington Local Digital Skills Partnership we will empower regional businesses, educators, charities and public sector to come together to boost skills and the local economy."

Maggie Philbin OBE, CEO of TeenTech describes herself as being ‘obstinately determined’ to ensure young people recognise and develop their potential:

“The digital world is fast moving and holds many opportunities. Tomorrow’s World must be shaped by the many, not the few. Obviously, my focus is on young people – helping them develop the right skills and to realise how much they might enjoy working in this space. But it doesn’t matter whether you’re 8 or 80, the learning never stops.”

Christine Gaskell CBE, Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership explained:

“Driving forward the skills provision in Cheshire and Warrington is fundamental to growing our economy.  The LEP and our partners from across the region recognise the need to invest now, so that we can ensure all residents and businesses have opportunity to develop the right skills needed now and in the future.  We are delighted to formally launch the Cheshire and Warrington Digital Skills Partnership and to work with businesses, government and training providers to deliver this project which will future-proof our growing economy.”


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What is the Digital Skills Partnership?

The Digital Skills Partnership is a group of employers and other organisation who recognise the growing importance of digital skills to all the businesses and residents of Cheshire and Warrington.

What is it for?

The Digital Skills Partnership will ensure that we focus on digital skills as we deliver the two priorities of our skills and education action plan:

  • Businesses being at the heart of inspiring and informing young people about new technologies and career opportunities so they make informed decisions about the training and education that they choose; and
  • Businesses working together with training providers to improve the quality of training available to employees and individual learners who want to acquire the digital skills they need for work or to function in an increasingly digital age.

How does it help a business?

The Local Digital Skills Partnership will work together with businesses and training providers to develop the skills of the current and future workforces to enable them to take full advantage of new digital technologies.  It will also help residents and employees across Cheshire and Warrington to acquire the digital skills they need to live in an increasingly digital economy and move into work or to progress in work.