Lancashire consortium The Digital Engineer Education Programme (DEEPer) receives funding from the £3 million Fast Track Fund to train and upskill new digital talent in Lancashire.
- DEEPer is one of 14 projects to receive funding as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund supporting businesses to address skills gaps & residents to enter well paid creative, digital & tech roles
- The Fast Track Fund is a £3milion joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership
DEEPer is a training programme created by industry specialists to help train people for the digital and software engineering industry. It teaches coding in PHP and the skills needed to integrate and work within the fast-developing growing digital sector. It is designed to boost digital skills to help returners into work after career break, those looking to change career and enter this developing sector and those wanting to upskill and take on more challenging roles. Additionally, adding readiness for work and employability skills
Feedback from Lancashire based companies in the sector cited that there was generally a lack of work readiness of candidates coming into the industry and when taking new candidates into roles they are not able to impact on the role quickly as they lacked these skills.
It will give candidates a chance to work within an organisation and look at the work environment of live projects. It teaches skills and practices such as testing, debugging and evaluation and review processes critical to the role.
The consortium is made up of two passionate local community organisations Enterprise4All (North West) Ltd and Community & Business Partners working alongside industry partner Magma Digital. The first programme is set to start at the end of July. Candidates will be supported to overcome any barriers with software and hardware provided for the course. They will be further helped by the inbuilt mentorship and work placement elements offered in the scheme.
About the Digital Fast Track Fund
The Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund, which was developed to address locally identified digital skills gaps, is a joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP).