West Sussex launches digital skills campaign

A new programme has been launched to inspire jobseekers and people at all stages of their careers to discover the range of digital roles available in West Sussex, to connect local businesses with local talent and increase aspiration for digital careers across the county.

Digital Futures West Sussex will be led by always possible, along with three Digital Futures Ambassadors. It is jointly funded by West Sussex County Council and the West Sussex Districts and Boroughs.

Logos for West Sussex County Council, Adur & Worthing Councils, Arun District Council, Chichester District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council, Mid Sussex District Council

More than 20 events will be held across the county in 2023. New information hubs in town centres will connect students, graduates, jobseekers and those seeking a career change with trainers and businesses to showcase the opportunities available. Interactive roadshows will support recruitment drives and allow jobseekers to learn more about the growing number of digital jobs in West Sussex.

It comes after extensive research across West Sussex including findings of the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) found that many jobseekers are unaware of the diversity of digital roles available across a wide range of business sectors in West Sussex, as well as the various routes to entry into them, and employers are finding it challenging to attract candidates into these roles, hindering growth in the area.    

Through collaboration between local authorities and decision makers, businesses, training providers and sector networks, the programme aims to reduce unfilled digital job vacancies, support upskilling to help local people get digital jobs, and highlight the increasing opportunities that West Sussex offers for those with digital skills.  

More information will be released throughout the coming months on how businesses can get involved in the programme, including becoming a champion for the campaign.

We are looking for organisations who want to get involved and stay in touch with the programme.

Three digital skills ambassadors are needed to support this project. 

The three appointed ambassadors will work in partnership with the project team to promote the programme in coastal, urban and rural West Sussex. Ambassadors will need to work for or own an SME with advanced skills needs, a business in any sector with tech requirements or an innovative business with a story to share.

The deadline for applications is Friday 11th November.

“We’re very excited to launch this programme, which will raise awareness about the range of digital jobs available across various sectors in West Sussex. 

“It aims to assist existing businesses in attracting the right talent to remain competitive, whilst providing more opportunities to our residents across the county to discover a new and exciting career opportunity right on their doorstep; for those looking to upskill or for our digitally skilled workforce currently commuting out of the county.

“We’re proud to be working in collaboration with all of our local authorities on this, to support our flourishing digital economy in West Sussex and attract new business to the region.”

Paul Marshall

Leader of West Sussex County Council

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