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Kicking off the Digital Skills Partnership

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When we launched the UK Digital Strategy in March, we said that we would establish a new Digital Skills Partnership (DSP) to bring greater coherence to provision of digital skills training at a national level, and to support local level partnerships to increase the digital capability needed to build inclusive, thriving local economies.

The DSP brings together partners from public, private and charity sectors to collaborate on this very important agenda. We were delighted that earlier this week, the Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock, launched the DSP at Google Academy.

We shared our vision and plans for the next steps at the event and got some great input from partners which we’ll be using to shape and enhance the programme over the coming weeks. We’ll continue to collaborate over the Summer, and we’ll be using this blog to talk in more detail about the work of the DSP….

Watch this space.

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  1. Comment by Andy Black posted on

    This is great, but would've been better if the event was located in the middle of the country to aide inclusion and address the regional digital skills drain.

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      Comment by Simon Leeming posted on

      Hi Andy.

      Thanks for getting in touch. You're absolutely right to flag the need to address digital skills and inclusion across the whole nation. We'll definitely be meeting with stakeholders in a range of locations; the majority of partners at this first meeting had bases in London, so the choice of location was just selected for convenience on this occasion. The DSP approach aims to focus on coordination and delivery at a local level with national level support, so we'll certainly keep you posted via this blog on DSP activity everywhere.


  2. Comment by sheila bennett posted on

    Would be useful to know who is on the Partnership please?

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      Comment by Simon Leeming posted on

      Hi Sheila.

      We don't have a definitive list of partners to share just yet. The organisations that made pledges of over 4 million free digital skills training opportunities in the UK Digital Strategy are clearly members of the Partnership, but we're also working with a broad range of public, private and charity sector organisations as we develop plans for the DSP over the Summer. We'll be posting more detail on that soon and will talk about all of the organisations making contributions throughout the programme.


  3. Comment by Jenny posted on

    How can an organisation apply to join the partnership?

  4. Comment by Jim posted on

    This sounds great - how do I talk to someone about this initiative?