West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly's businesses are set to benefit from a pioneering project being launched in Penzance this summer. The ESF (European Social Fund) has contributed £641,185 to the project with the rest of the funding contributed by the partners. The project is being led by Digital Peninsula Network (DPN) with delivery partners Truro and Penwith College, Penzance Business Improvement District, Maybe* and the Council of the Isles of Scilly with Penzance Regeneration Partnership contributing to funding. The application for funding was completed by DPN with support from local consultancy, Perfect Moment.
The project, Digitising the Economy through Skills Development AKA Grow Digital Cornwall, will be collaborating with up to 400 local businesses and sole traders to understand what digital skills they think their businesses need. Funded training will be available to upskill their staff as well as the opportunity to take on an apprentice being trained in the skills they need. The feedback of local businesses will influence the design of new digital apprenticeships intended to ensure the apprentice and their employer are equipped for the online marketplace and the future of businesses in the digital age.