West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

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The Digital Collaborative Skills Partnership will explore potential new strategies for designing the skills system, for training and engaging a diverse workforce. It will be innovative in its approach and ambitious in fostering a solid collaboration with employers and their supply chain. It will form partnerships with training providers and other organisations to create ambitious, transformative proposals that will deliver the skills SME’s need in the Leeds City Region.

So far, the CSP has met twice this year with a third meeting planned for December. The group has looked at the existing skills provision for the digital sector, for which a report has been produced and work looking at the current skills provision for Digital Sector SMEs is well underway. A further report is currently been finalised for the next CSP meeting; this will provide an opportunity to look at the first set of collaborative investment proposals.

As part of the devolution agreement, the government has committed to establishing a Digital Skills Partnership in West Yorkshire. Local Digital Skills Partnerships (LDSP) have been established in seven LEP areas to tackle local digital skills challenges. The objective of the LDSP is to bring together key stakeholders involved in digital skills (both supply and demand) to work to identify digital skills needs, barriers and identify opportunities for interventions.

The ambitions of the LDSP and Collaborative Skills Partnership are very similar, it is likely membership of the two will include the same key stakeholders. The LDSP will focus on digital skills shortages in all sectors across West Yorkshire, whereas the CSP will continue to focus on digital skills shortages across the digital sector itself. The LDSP and CSP will meet together, or sequentially to cover all digital skills and will also jointly attend the Digital Board to provide updates on work undertaken and activities.

Chair: Bill Jones, Luminate Education Group

Members: Bradford College, Calderdale College, Coders Guild, Everything Digital, Go Higher West Yorkshire, Hippo Digital, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Leeds Trinity University, Local IQ, Luminate Education Group, University of Leeds

Key Contact: Jeremy Boye, WYCC Skills Associate

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