The government is working with Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities (CAs) to help establish Local Digital Skills Partnerships (Local DSPs) across the country to tackle local digital skills challenges and build thriving and inclusive local economies.
In 2018, 3 Local DSPs were set up in Lancashire, Heart of the South West and the West Midlands. DCMS invited all other Local Enterprise Partnerships and Mayoral Combined Authorities to submit Expressions of Interest to form a Local DSP pilot. A further 3 regions were selected, including the South East.
The 6 Local Digital Skills Partnership trailblazers have been allocated funding to employ a Regional Coordinator to coordinate the delivery of digital skills in their respective Local DSPs. By working collaboratively with both regional and national stakeholders, they will be developing new innovative models to improve digital skills across their regions, boost their local economies and share this best practice with other LEPs and Combined Authorities. To keep up to date about DSP’s across the country, take a look at the DSP blog
We’ll be regularly updating stakeholders across Kent, Essex and East Sussex about progress, sharing information about offers from regional and national DSP partners to help improve residents’ digital skills and inviting support from partners and individuals.
August Update - South East Digital Skills Partnership
Just a few weeks after our exciting launch event in Hastings, it’s a good time to update on progress for the local Digital Skills Partnership here in the South East…
The first meeting of the formal Digital Skills Partnership will take place towards the end of September and we’re delighted to have had a number of individuals put themselves forward as potential members. Prior to that first meeting, we have now launched our Digital Skills Survey to respondents across Kent, Essex and East Sussex as part of helping the group to understand the digital skills gaps out there. We’ll present more data and evidence at the first meeting and work with attendees to identify the top priorities for the local partnership, helping us to focus activity accordingly.
If you came along in June, you’ll know that Google made their offer of five ‘Digital Garage’ events across SELEP to the local partnership, and we’re working with them to plan where to focus events to ensure good coverage across the region. We’re also discussing ways we can showcase their Applied Digital Skills online courses, thanks to Google trainers, in settings across Kent, Essex and East Sussex. In addition, we’ve linked partners in Essex to discuss particular digital skills plans in key target areas.
We’re talking to Microsoft too, planning one or two Education Live events initially and how we can help identify local ‘Showcase Schools’, as well as inform educators across the SELEP area about their own online resources, such as ‘Maker Champion’ and Minecraft Education.
Once a month, Coordinators from the 6 DSP regions meet at DCMS. The morning is spent sharing updates and discussing what’s working well and then, in the afternoon, we benefit from introductions to organisations keen to work through Digital Skills Partnerships to help in raising residents’ digital knowledge and capability. Organisations like Cisco, SAP, Lloyds Bank and Teentech have been amongst those laying out their offer to DSP’s, and we’ll be taking things forward with each of them and then sharing that information with partners.
And it doesn’t stop there. We’ve been out and about across the region over the last few weeks, talking to partners about the purpose of the DSP and what they ideally want from it, and we look forward to continuing to have those conversations with the amazing individuals and organisations working in this space, across Kent, Essex and East Sussex.
If you’d like to get in touch, to find out more or to register your support for the local Digital Skills Partnership, drop us an email at email@example.com