Let's get digital!

"Our developing partnership with the County Council is already allowing us to connect with businesses and local people to share our digital expertise and to find new ways to make a real difference across Staffordshire."

Andrew Proctor, Director of Digital Services

People of all ages are being encouraged to boost their digital skills at a free event in Stafford this month.

Staffordshire University has teamed up with Microsoft UK and Staffordshire County Council to host Digital Skills Live – a one-off event at Shire Hall on 24 May.

Open to anyone aged seven upwards, the day aims to provide basic online and coding skills, nurture young people's passion for computer science and help businesses make the most of using 'the cloud'.

The event follows the launch of a new partnership with Staffordshire County Council designed to improve lives and productivity through cutting-edge technology.

Andrew Proctor, Director of Digital Services at Staffordshire University, said: “Our developing partnership with the County Council is already allowing us to connect with businesses and local people to share our digital expertise and to find new ways to make a real difference across Staffordshire. As the UK's leading digital university, we're incredibly proud to be in the heart of the Stafford community at Shire Hall with this event.”

The day will include range of hands-on digital workshops suitable for teachers, students, apprentices, civil servants and business owners. Student ambassadors from Staffordshire University's industry renowned Games courses will help to deliver the sessions and Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes will also attend the event.

A pioneer of digital learning, Staffordshire University was the first Higher Education Institution in Europe to adopt the Microsoft Cloud. It has also launched a new £17m project to train apprentices with the digital skills needed to support the local economy.

The Digital Skills Live event offers businesses the opportunity to meet current Digital Skills Apprentices from Staffordshire University and learn how they can develop apprenticeships for their own workforces.

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council's Cabinet member for Jobs and Growth, said: “Staffordshire's economy continues to grow, providing close to full employment, and it’s vital that our children learn the skills they will need for the hi-tech jobs on their doorstep, while current workers keep abreast of an ever-changing digital world with its many opportunities.

“It's also essential for large organisations such as the county council to use modern technology to help boost efficiency and transform how we work for the benefit of residents to support them in living healthier, happier and more independent lives.”

Andrew Proctor added: “Days like this are a great way for both members of the public and businesses to learn new digital skills. We are keen to continue working in the community and hope to offer more events like this in the future.”

Digital Skills Live takes place at Shire Hall, Stafford on Thursday 24 May, 10:00am – 16:00pm. Find more information and book your free place.

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