Centre joins Digital Skills Partnership

Centre joins Digital Skills Partnership

THE Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is the latest organisation to be invited to join the South East Digital Skills Partnership. For the first time, the partnership brings together regional businesses, large employers, charities, and public sector organisations to tackle the digital skills challenges across the region.

Supported by corporate partners and other government departments, the partnership is working to build thriving and inclusive local economies.

As a member of the partnership, the Centre is able to provide data analytics insight and support aligned to the digital skills strategy and key objectives of the group.

Jim Wilkinson, Digital Skills Partnership Co-ordinator, South East Local Enterprise Partnership reported ‘We’re delighted to welcome the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre to the South East Digital Skills Partnership Steering Group. Co-chaired by Professor Melissa Hanna-Brown (Pfizer UK) and Alison Parmar (Federation of Small Business), the local Steering Group is keen to ensure we continue to build the combined knowledge and expertise of the group in order to address digital skills challenges across Essex, Kent and East Sussex. The addition of the Centre provides a new and expert perspective on data analytics across the region.’

The south east is one of six trailblazers allocated funding by the government to deliver a digital skills strategy developing new innovative models to improve digital skills across the region, boost local economies and share best practice with other LEPs and Combined Authorities.

Dr Alejandro Quiroz Flores, Reader and Chief Scientific Adviser and Deputy Director of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre said ‘We are proud to join the partnership to expand the reach and enhance the impact of the digital skills strategy across the region.’

‘Digital skills are an important component of the national and local industrial strategies and will contribute to productivity for long-term economic growth. We believe data will play an integral part of this and look forward to supporting both employers and future workforce in connecting with digital skills in a meaningful way.’

The Digital Skills Partnership presents a new opportunity to connect policy with practice. Through grant funded data analytics research projects, workshops, training and other engagement activities, the Centre strives to be the ‘go to’ for data analytics support. Being a member of the Digital Skills Partnership is just one of the ways in which the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre brings data to life to support organisations across the UK.

To find out more about the work of the Centre please visit: https://www.essex.ac.uk/centres-and-institutes/business-and-local-government-data