Digisheds tackles digital skills gap

By Anita Jaynes on 27 July, 2018

A dedicated ‘Digisheds Smart Skills Engine’ has been developed to help address the digital skills gap in Swindon & Wiltshire.

The project was co-developed by educational technology specialists Tin Smart Social, the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Higher Futures, Create Studios, Inspire, Corsham Institute and the new Institute of Coding.

Employer-led studio hubs are being launched at the new Swindon Carriage Works this summer, offering entry-level to advanced experiential learning pathways, specifically tailored to both digital and non-digital SMEs and learners. The digital sectors include:

  • Professional Services – New Collar Studio powered by IBM
  • Creative Technology – STEAM Studios powered by Create Studios
  • IT Support Services – SIAM Studios powered by Scopism
  • Cybersecurity – SecureTech Studios powered by Corsham Institute
  • Coding – Developer Studios powered by School of Code
  • AI – Cognitive Studios powered by IBM Watson
  • Health & Social Care – HealthTech Studios powered by Mevarius

All the digished studios are designed as learning pathways to align with in-demand job roles and digital apprenticeship standards.

To help shape the digital skills curriculum, the partnership will be launching co-design taster sessions. Both employers and leaners are encouraged to get involved.

The programme is aimed at SMEs and larger organisations are being encouraged to get involved to offer mentors, coaches and experiential projects for learners, as well as support those innovative local companies with limited time and resources, and ambitions to scale their business across the UK or export to other markets.

Digisheds also seeks to engage all types of learners who are looking to start, develop or boost their digital career credentials and experience. This includes people that are currently employed, but want to add digital skills to their resume, unemployed or returning after a career break or up-skilling from ex-military or non-digital roles.

The first session ‘Digisheds Unlocked’ is taking place on Tuesday August 7 from 1pm-5pm. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and sign up to future sessions. To reserve your place register here.