Digital Academy looks to fill Liverpool city region skills gap

A new Digital Academy has launched in Liverpool with the aim of addressing the demand for a digitally-skilled workforce across Merseyside. Tony McDonough reports

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A new Digital Academy has opened its doors in Liverpool with the aim of meeting demand from businesses for digital skills.

Based in the city’s knowledge quartet, the academy has been launched by the City of Liverpool College. It will provide industry-led courses, designed in collaboration with employers. It will also provide students will real-world experience.

Its facilities include an on-site motion capture suite and the latest specialist technology, designed in partnership with industry experts after a £2.5m investment. The centre will offer courses in coding, web development, games design, software development and digital marketing.

Steph Doyle, head of the Digital Academy, said: “As our world becomes increasingly digitally-focused, digital skills are in demand more than ever, with employers consistently looking to improve their workforce’s knowledge.

“This means that careers in digital are sustainable and those who study digital-based courses will have fantastic opportunities to develop, with the average salary for a tech-based job in Liverpool at £45,000.

“Giving our students real-world experience and ensuring they can hit the ground running in their chosen career is our top priority. That’s why all of our courses are designed in collaboration with our industry partners.

“Many of our students have the opportunity to work with employers during their studies on real briefs, providing them with invaluable experiences and giving them the skills that employers are looking for.

“The digital industry is incredibly diverse and there are so many ways for people to be part of it. Whether you’re a complete beginner, want to brush up on your skills or completely change your career, we have courses to suit anyone who is passionate about the digital world.”

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