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Local Colleges set to ‘Stream’ Digital Skills within Local Communities

Further Education Colleges in Cheshire and Warrington have received a grant of over £150,000 from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help increase digital skills within local communities.

With technology embedded into our daily lives more than ever before, the importance of digital skills and access to technology has never been more apparent than it is today.

Cheshire College, along with partner colleges and employers, is on a mission to provide practical, creative spaces that encourage communities to embrace these future ways of working and living through their latest project ‘Stream’.

‘Stream’, is designed specifically to raise awareness and develop confidence in digital applications and is expected to equip local people with the skills needed to help them start new careers in the ever-growing technology sector.

Over 500,000 Cheshire and Warrington residents are set to benefit from the range of specialist equipment, accessible in a range of local areas from libraries and community centres to ‘pop-up cafes’ which will enable wider access and participation in skills development and training programmes, including the ability to deliver and record live broadcasts, including interactive question and answer sessions.

There has been lots of activity to date with Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and the Department for Work and Pensions, as well as local businesses including Complete Roofing Systems in Warrington who recently completed a digital session delivered by Cheshire College.

Elizabeth Phillipson, Office Services Lead at Complete Roofing Systems, commented: “We found the course delivered by Cheshire College to be invaluable for refreshing old skills and learning new ones. The sessions were all delivered remotely at a time and frequency which accommodated the working of several people from different departments, which was very important to us for business continuity.

“We were sent the materials for each session in advance, as well as homework to practice afterwards and the teaching was at a pace everyone could keep up with. I would highly recommend trying a digital course with Cheshire College.”

Karen Roberts, Assistant Principal – Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement, said: “This project will be life-changing for hundreds. Innovation is at the heart of our ambitions and Stream will ensure individuals within the Cheshire and Warrington region have raised aspirations, achieve accredited qualifications, improve their IT skills, develop confidence, secure further training and employment opportunities, gain specialised support and so much more.

“We look forward to working in collaboration with Warrington and Vale Royal College and UTC Warrington to improve the educational and employability outcomes of generations for years to come.”

Clare Hayward MBE, Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: “The LEP is delighted to support this important practical initiative which will help up-skill and build confidence among people of all ages in Cheshire and Warrington.

“As our economy bounces back from the pandemic it’s imperative that we are able to offer the right skills to businesses as they grow. Digital skills is fast becoming a ‘must have’ requirement for many, which is why Stream is such a useful and timely programme.”

If you would like to know more about Stream, visit Cheshire College.