A second round of funding is being released by the West of England Combined Authority as part of efforts to address the digital skills gap in the region.
Applications are being invited for projects which together will support over 1000 people, helping them gain much needed digital skills required by employers.
The latest round is part of the £2 million West of England Digital Skills Investment Programme, launched by West of England Mayor Dan Norris earlier in the summer, as part of the Combined Authority’s Recovery Fund.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “We all know technology moves fast, and people across the West of England need the skills that will help them thrive in changing workplaces.
“Too many livelihoods have been hit hard by Covid-19, with huge numbers of employees needing to adapt to new types of work.
“That means being able to get training in digital skills is vital for many people, and this new funding will help ensure the needs of our businesses can be met as we recover together from the pandemic.”
Across the UK, 11.3 million people (21%) lack the full basic digital skills, 4.3 million (8%) have no basic digital skills and 5.4 million working adults (10%) are without basic digital skills, according to the Essential digital framework.
From February to March this year, there were 4,613 job postings for programmers and software development professionals in the West of England.
Other IT professions also saw high levels of job postings, including information technology, web design and development professionals, IT specialist managers and IT business analysts, architects and system designers.
Training providers report that with the huge rise in online interviews and application processes, baseline digital skills are now essential to enter and progress in any type of employment.
SMEs also report an increased need for digital skills in a variety of areas from marketing and sales to systems, processing and data analysis.