Guidance

Digital Skills Partnership

This partnership aims to improve digital skills for people and organisations. Find out more about its work and how your organisation can get involved.

The Digital Skills Partnership (DSP) brings together public, private and charity sector organisations to help increase the digital capability of individuals and organisations in England. It’s work extends from a commitment within the UK Digital Strategy which sets out government’s ambition to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.

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The aim of the DSP is ambitious: to improve digital capability across the whole skills spectrum - from the essential skills that help reduce digital exclusion, to the skills workers need in an increasingly digital economy, and through to the advanced skills required for specialist roles.

DSP Groups

To meet these challenges, the DSP set up cross-sector Groups to tackle 3 priorities:

  • Support the development of Local Digital Skills Partnerships in English regions to bring together cross-sector partners to design, develop, and coordinate the delivery of innovative digital skills programmes, tackle digital exclusion, share best practice, and raise awareness of digital skills regionally.
  • Increase digital enterprise by helping small businesses and charities upskill their employees and increase their digital capabilities so they can take advantage of the productivity gains that technology provides.
  • Support computing in schools by convening industry and other partners to ensure that teachers have the knowledge and skills to teach the new world-leading computing curriculum effectively.

Local Digital Skills Partnerships

The government is working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Combined Authorities (CAs) to help establish Local Digital Skills Partnerships (Local DSPs) across the country to tackle local digital skills challenges and build thriving and inclusive local economies.

The 6 Local DSP Trailblazers

In 2018, 3 Local DSPs were set up in Lancashire, Heart of the South West and the West Midlands. DCMS invited all other Local Enterprise Partnerships and Mayoral Combined Authorities to submit Expressions of Interest to form a Local DSP pilot. A further 3 regions were selected and Local DSPs were launched in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Cheshire and Warrington and the South East over the Summer of 2019.

Local DSP Regional Coordinators

These 6 Local Digital Skills Partnership trailblazers have been allocated funding to employ a Regional Coordinator to facilitate the delivery of digital skills training opportunities in their respective Local DSPs. By working collaboratively with both regional and national stakeholders, they will be developing new innovative models to improve digital skills across their regions, boost their local economies and share this best practice with other LEPs and CAs.

The Local DSP Guide

Government welcomes the strong interest Local Digital Skills Partnerships have received from regions across the country. In response to this, over the Summer of 2019 we will be developing a Digital Skills Partnership Guide to provide step by step advice on how to start the process of developing the partnership in your area. The Guide will feature 5 key steps:

  1. Convening the partnership
  2. Developing the Local DSP strategy and action plan
  3. Coordinating the delivery of local digital skills provision
  4. Evaluating success
  5. Sharing best practice

We have published a blog post providing further information for LEPs/CAs with an interest in forming Local DSPs. We will post an introduction and the first step of the Guide here to gain initial user feedback from LEPs and CAs.

Contact us

Find out more about how you can join your Local DSP network by contacting:

The Local Digital Skills Partnership Regional Coordinators

The Digital Skills Partnership Team

Digital Skills Innovation Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Combined Authorities (CAs) were invited to bid for grants as part of a new £1 million Digital Skills Innovation Fund for initiatives which specifically aim to help people take up digital roles. Funds were awarded to:

  • West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to help women, particularly women living in deprived neighbourhoods, to acquire skills for digital roles.
  • Lancashire LEP to help residents of disadvantaged wards in Lancashire who are unemployed or inactive to develop digital marketing skills.
  • Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP and Sheffield City Region (joint bid), with strategic support from Leicester and Leicestershire LEP and Greater Lincolnshire LEP, for a pilot focused on helping women and autistic people to gain demand-led digital skills and enter employment within digital roles.
  • Heart of the South West LEP for the ‘Digital Momentum’ pilot helping women working in small businesses who would benefit from digital up-skilling, women already in work who want to retrain and access a new digital career, and those looking to re-engage with the labour market. The programme will focus on the 20% most deprived wards in the region.

Programmes will run until the Spring/Summer of 2020.

Find out more about the work of the DSP

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Published 19 October 2018