100-plus army of potential workers to bridge digital skills gap

100-plus army of potential workers to bridge digital skills gap

Businesses can now tap into a pool of tech apprentices, with a new talent programme about to produce more than 100 potential new employees designed to bridge a growing digital skills gap in the North-East.

RAW Digital Training has teamed up with DurhamWorks to create a new Digital Talent Service, taking unemployed 16-24-year-olds from County Durham and giving them work-ready IT skills.

More than 100 learners have already accessed expert training from industry leaders in the fields of games development, cyber security, website creation, digital marketing and search engine optimisation as part of the programme.

Now many of them are ready to be placed into firms looking to recruit digital staff, with several success stories already.

And businesses from Newcastle to Teesside can access the learners completely free, and benefit from the new skills and talent in their workforce.

The programme is being delivered by Stockton-based RAW Digital Training, in partnership with DurhamWorks, a County Durham Youth Employment Initiative funded by the European Social Fund, designed to get 16-24-year-olds into employment through training and apprenticeships.

RAW managing director Joanna Wake said: “There’s a massive increase in jobs being created in these sectors in the North-East – they’re growing at twice the rate as any other sector.

“At the moment we’re seeing a huge scramble for high-level website developers. This programme enables us to help businesses fill their talent pipeline, by bringing in people who will stay with the company and be nurtured, and ultimately bridge that gap.