Heart of the SW LEP on their Digital Skills Partnership


Charlotte Collyer from Heart of the South West LEP discussed Digital Skills Partnership during the SWCSC Networking Meeting in May 2021.

Digital Skills Partnership is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and was launched at the end of 2018. It brings together the public, private and third sector to tackle the digital skills divide in Somerset, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. They work to eradicate social and geographical imbalances to ensure everyone has access to develop their digital skills. Coordinating and delivering a strategy that raises digital skills across the region.

The Local Digital Skills Partnerships

  • Lancashire
  • Heart of the South West
  • West Midlands
  • South East
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
  • Cheshire and Warrington

Digital Skills Partnership Sub Groups

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Turning Strategy into Delivery

  • 800 businesses use Bounce Back Digital as pandemic affects ability to trade
  • 194 women and residents in deprived wards helped to pivot into digital careers
  • 700 businesses access Lloyds Bank Digi knowhow sessions
  • 50 mature workers helped to explore career changes
  • 750 Digital and Technical bootcamp learners
  • 1000 secondary school pupils reached


Enabling people to move or advance into digital careers with the Train4Tomorrow bootcamp

Wave 1 (+ extension)

  • January – June 2021
  • £2.2 million funding
  • 900 places on 13 bootcamp pathways
  • CIOS, HoTSW, Dorset LEP geography

Wave 2 (bid pending)

  • July – June 2022
  • £1.5 million funding
  • 760 places on 18 bootcamp pathways
  • CISO, HoTSW, Dorset LEP geography

Virtual Job Fairs

  • 26 May 2021
  • Free to attend for employers with open vacancies
  • Host a virtual table with timed 15-minute slot rotations
  • Swap company information, details and vacancy urls
  • Keynote speakers from TechNation, ComPTIA and others on the hour
  • REGISTER HERE: bit.ly/T4TJobsFair

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Our Future Talent

Raising digital engagement at KS3

  • Growing the digital pipeline
  • Support a digital activity
  • Speak to a class virtually
  • Create a sector spotlight film

CyberFirst Schools Unlock Cyber Challenge for Yr 8’s South West STEM fest

  • Amazon Future Engineer £5,000 bursary

Other Programmes


  • Macros and SMEs
  • Along with South East LEP highest level of business and charity boost requests


  • Businesses looking to scale
  • Along with South East LEP highest level of business and charity boost requests