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Digital skills partnership launch

Richard Keelty, head of Google Digital Garage
Richard Keelty, head of Google Digital Garage

A pioneering Government scheme to boost digital skills has been launched.

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The UK’s first Digital Skills Partnership is being piloted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in Lancashire, in partnership with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Skills and Employment Hub.

It aims to identify gaps in digital skills provision in the county, encourage partners to work strategically together to address them and attract investment from outside bodies.

The aim is improve skills to help grow the economy, to have greater impact and be more effective and sustainable over the long term.

Google, TSB and Lloyds have all agreed to give more support to digital skills training in Lancashire through the partnership. Google has committed to working with local partners to train 1,000 people and businesses through its Google Digital Garage programme.

Richard Keelty, head of Google Digital Garage, said: “We’ve seen first-hand the value the Digital Skills Partnership can bring at a national level, so we’re excited to be a part of the UK’s first local digital skills partnership.”