Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been chosen for one of three new UK digital skills partnerships.
The government-backed project aims to help drive digital innovation in the area and propel it to the forefront of Industry 4.0.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has picked the North West-based LEP alongside the South East and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEPs.
The partnerships are part of an ongoing strategy by the government to ensure the UK develops a “world-leading digital economy”.
The Cheshire and Warrington Local Digital Skills Partnership will aim to ensure training programmes are designed to provide employers and individuals with the digital skills needed to access digital technology and drive digital innovation.
Christine Gaskell CBE, chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, says: “Cheshire and Warrington’s Local Digital skills Partnership will turbo boost the digital skills activity that is already underway and deliver further growth, drawing on good practice, expertise and resources that are currently being developed nationally.
“Digital transformation is central to the future of our sub-regional economy and can secure sustainable growth.
“Being recognised by DCMS as one of the LEPs to deliver this project, shows the great potential of Cheshire and Warrington to increase our digitally-focused economy and increase productivity.”
Margot James, minister for digital and the creative industries, adds: “I am determined to help people get good jobs and local businesses find people with the skills they need to grow and boost the economy.
“The new Cheshire and Warrington Local Digital Skills Partnership will help achieve this.”