Future Skills Partnership launched to enhance digital skills in north east



The north east of Scotland’s biggest educational establishments have joined forces with digital training providers in an effort to boost the region’s digital capabilities.

The Future Skills Partnership, which is being spearheaded by Opportunity North East (ONE), is aimed at helping the region keep pace with the country’s other major cities in digital maturity and adoption.

The University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University and North East Scotland College have partnered with Code Clan, The Data Lab and Skills Development Scotland to launch a new web portal.

This will provide individuals looking to further their digital education with a single source for information and advice on all the courses available.

Jared Owen, director of digital and entrepreneurship at ONE, said: “The region has led the way in terms of energy for many decades, and the pace of digital transformation within that sector in particular is accelerating.

“This presents us with a tremendous opportunity to enhance the existing skills base in the region to support the energy transition, as well as other industries as they embrace the digital future.”

Allison Carrington, skills planning lead for the north east at Skills Development Scotland, added: “We have seen other areas of the country welcome digital with open arms, and while there are some companies in the region doing their bit, it is vital people and businesses don’t get left behind.

“The range of courses on offer across a variety of industries underlines the fact there is a wealth of opportunities in digital, as highlighted by our successful Digital World website and our national ‘digital human’ campaign, which are available to everyone from those in their final years at school, to people pondering a career change or those with skills and experience they wish to update and apply in a new setting.”

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The collaboration has also brought together further education and strategic training establishments to help organisations and individuals scale up in terms of their abilities.

Neil Cowie, principal of North East Scotland College, said: “The Future Skills Partnership supports the college’s digital ambitions and we see exciting opportunities in the sector, catering for demand for a constantly evolving range of courses in the digital sphere.”

Robert Gordon University principal, professor Steve Olivier, added: “We are fully committed to providing education, training and upskilling in critical areas, such as digital, through access to a relevant and demand-led curriculum designed to respond to the skills needs of individuals and workforces.”

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