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Digital skills to be supported with new funding

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) is only the second LEP in the country to be awarded funding to support a digital skills strategy. 

On Wednesday 13th of June the Devon DM went to the lunch of this strategy. The core aim of this is to upskill the key 18-30 year olds in the Devon and Somerset workforce with the aim of through them upskilling the area potential and making the area a higher tech digital area, something that with the right broadband and mobile support would be eminently possible.

The report authors said: "In terms of the specialist digital sector, the HOTSW area has great potential. Digital development appears to occur mostly in Plymouth and Exeter where a core number of specialist digital firms emerge in a general locality, start to grow and build a momentum.

"The emergence of this innovative hub triggers a secondary growth in the development of a range of support firms, training specialisms in the local educational institutions and the development of both formal and informal networks where ideas and information are exchanged and plans formulated."