State-of-the-art digital facilities unveiled at Cannock College

Date posted: September 22, 2021
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A brand-new Digital Skills Centre which will provide the local community with essential digital skills has been opened by Amanda Milling MP in front of an audience of key stakeholders and local businesses.

During the event, guests were able to meet the Digital Skills Centre team, network over lunch and see the facilities in person.

1 in 5 adults lack essential digital skills to be able to live and work in today’s world safely, for example, how to do online banking transactions, maintain a secure computer system using antivirus or back up their phone to the cloud.

According to Labour Market Insights, there are twelve key job roles that have been identified as areas for potential growth within the digital sector in our region.

These jobs are as varied as Cyber Security Engineer, Systems Architect, Software Engineer and Social Media Specialist.

With these specific jobs in mind the Digital Skills Centre will deliver a suite of courses specifically designed to address these digital skills shortages and to support the people of Cannock with securing employment in these specialist digital roles.

Claire Boliver, Chief Executive Principal said:

We were delighted to have Amanda Milling MP to officially open our Digital Skills Centre at Cannock College. The Digital Skills Centre will help to support local LEP priorities, and we look forward to supporting our local community with gaining essential and higher digital skills.

The Digital Skills Centre project has been part-funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) from the government’s Getting Building Fund.

The aims of the Digital Skills Centre match the LEP’s vision to promote lifelong learning, increase confidence in the use of digital skills in life and work, and increase the number of people in employment within specialist digital job roles.

Alun Rogers, chair of Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP, commented:

The new Digital Skills Centre at Cannock College will play an important role in ensuring that the local community is well-equipped with the digital skills needed for everyday life and work, and help create an even more talented workforce for businesses in the area.

Digital skills are no longer a ‘nice to have’; they are essential for almost all jobs across a range of sectors. Part-funded by Midlands Engine and Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP through the government’s Getting Building Fund, the project is a great example of how investing in skills has the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives and jobs across the region – something which is very much at the core of the LEP’s work.

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