Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been chosen by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as one of three new Local Digital Skills Partnerships, part of an ongoing strategy by government to ensure the UK develops a world-leading digital economy.
Cirrus director Clare Hayward is a board member of the Cheshire & Warrington LEP and chairs its Employers, Skills and Education Board, which also includes representatives from Bentley Motors, Jungheinrich, Network Rail and the Daresbury Laboratory. The board has identified digital skills as a critical need that underpins every business in every sector.
“Digital Skills are at the core of our Employers, Skills and Education strategy for Cheshire and Warrington,” says Clare. “We are delighted that we have been selected as a Digital Skills Partner. We will inspire and engage young people, deliver an inclusive digital strategy, and support training providers to deliver what employers need for their businesses tomorrow.”
The partnership will be announced at a special event at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Cheshire on Wednesday 15 May. There will be a keynote speech from technology journalist and broadcaster Maggie Philbin, whose recent accolades include the Most Influential Woman in UKIT and Digital Leader of the Year. Clare Hayward will also chair a discussion panel at the event.
Christine Gaskell CBE, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP and member of the National Digital Skills Partnership Board says: “Cheshire and Warrington’s Digital Skills Partnership will turbo boost the digital skills activity that is already underway and deliver further growth, drawing on good practice, expertise and resources that are currently being developed nationally. Digital transformation is central to the future of our sub-regional economy and can secure sustainable growth.”
Minister for Digital Margot James, who will join the event via a live video link, adds: “I am determined to help people get good jobs and local businesses find people with the skills they need to grow and boost the economy. The new Cheshire and Warrington Local Digital Skills Partnership will help achieve this.Through our modern industrial strategy, we are committed to making sure everyone can enjoy the benefits of our thriving digital economy and help build a Britain fit for the future.”