A frequent question we get asked at DPN is – “Where does your funding come from?”
We are a part of several funding streams so that we can support and deliver digital training to as many people as possible. We do this by ensuring we have a diverse range of projects.
The PONToon project is geared towards helping women progress in their careers, gain more skills and start their businesses with the aim to increase equality and boost job opportunities. It is a 3-and-a-half-year project led by Portsmouth University which is supported by 11 UK and French partners. Community development and economic and social inclusion are at the focus of this research and innovation project. There are huge skill shortages across much of the digital and creative sector. By 2020, the predictions for both France and the UK will require 90% of jobs to include experience and understanding under the umbrella term of ‘digital skills.’
Women from diverse backgrounds face difficulty in accessing equal training and employment opportunities, with 72% of employees already declining applicants lacking digital skills. PONToon hopes to support women in social and economic inclusion amongst the workforce.
The key partners for this project are DPN, Interreg, FCE and the European Regional Development Fund.
Budget received from the France (Channel) England Programme: €4 million ERDF
Total Project Budget: €5.79 million
Project Duration: 3.5 years
Programme Specific Objective: Social Innovation
Grow Digital Cornwall
The main aim of the project is to work with small and medium sized businesses in Cornwall to understand how to improve the relevance and availability of digital training and apprenticeships. If you are an SME (small or medium-sized enterprise, charity, not for profit, sole trader or charity) based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, you would be eligible for a Training Needs Analysis to help you to identify digital skills gaps and connect you to new trial training. With the right digital skills, your business can grow and survive in the increasingly digital marketplace. Contact us to book a Training Needs Analysis..
This is an £800,000 project, £641,185 of which has been received from the European Social Fund (ESF).
The partners that support this project are Digital Peninsula Network (DPN), Truro and Penwith College, Maybe*, Penzance Business Improvement District and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.
Digital Peninsula Network Apprenticeships
DPN is eager to create new work opportunities within Cornwall via training projects to boost and increase both profitability and competitiveness within the digital industry. The aim is to provide companies with new talent and skills so that they can independently develop their online activity whilst also creating new work and career opportunities. Each apprenticeship runs for 12-18 months and covers both practical and strategic digital marketing skills. Apprenticeships are available for anyone aged over 16, meaning that this project can help young people moving into new careers and employment find their first job, but also for those who are business owners wanting to upskill their existing workers to gain a professional digital standard.
Atlantic and Moor
Atlantic and Moor is a project across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which focuses on those who are disadvantaged and suffering from poverty, as well as social exclusion. The aim is to tackle these issues by working with applicable local partnerships to change that. This covers those in recovery, without employment or education, and offers support in long-term unemployment, supporting those facing mental health issues, offenders or ex-offenders, victims of crime or those with LDD.
This project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is in partnership with Access Training (SW) Ltd, Addaction, Carefree, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, CSW Group, Pentreath, Safer Stronger Consortium and United Response.
Skill Support for the Workforce
Skill Support for the Workforce (SSW) is formed by 15 Local Enterprise Partnerships which expand over 9 individual regions within the UK. They support training programs and qualifications within IT and Leadership & Management to fill skill gaps within businesses to boost the local economies and boost their competitiveness. Their support started in 2016 by funding 7000 businesses with training. They are also co-funded by the European Social Fund and Education and Skills Funding Agency. One of the key factors of SSW is that 56% of their training providers are SME’s (small & medium-sized enterprises, representing 99% of all businesses in the EU).
Their partners include:
Best Training, Inspire Independence, HIT, BDM, Heart of Worcestershire College, Gloucestershire College, Cornwall College, HR Champions, Education Training Skills, TESS, The Focus, GHQ Training, NFET, Swindon College, Construction Skills People, Buckinghamshire College Group, Groundwork, SR Partnership, The Training Academy, Loco Motivation, Tempus, Weymouth College
The overall objective of this project is to reduce the number of early school leavers and NEETs by sharpening their motivation and entrepreneurial skills. Young people work in entrepreneur hubs in small groups on their own business idea, which can develop into a pop-up or a real business. The entrepreneur hubs are set up by schools or local authorities. Teachers, entrepreneurs and other professionals’ coach and guide young people who work on a corporate idea. Characteristic for this project is that young people develop an entrepreneurial idea that meets the needs in their own neighbourhood. In this way they learn and contribute to the quality of life in the area where they live or go to school.
13 project partners from four countries are working together on this project. Artevelde University College coordinates the project. The project partners are: the city of Amiens, Center Social Salengro (Armentières) and Association de Centers Sociaux de Wattrelos from France; Jong Ondernemen and PRO WORK Foundation from the Netherlands; Educational Center of the city of Ghent, Economic House of the city of Ostend, Cluster Welfare within the city and OCM Sint-Niklaas from Flanders; Bournemouth University, WSX Enterprise, Digital Peninsula Network and Devon Mind from England.
SPEED-You-UP is a social innovation project within the INTERREG 2 Seas program.
The project is financed at Artevelde University College with funds from the Interreg 2 seas program and PWO funds.
The project website contains lots more information, news and tools and discussion.
Progressing Businesses through Digital Skills
Progressing Businesses through Digital Skills recognises that digital skills, at all levels, and across all sectors have a positive impact on business performance and the local economy. The project works with small businesses and self-employed sole traders in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to identify digital skills needs and provide valuable training for the local workforce in digital and basic skills. The outcome is to significantly impact the business performance of 450 small businesses in Cornwall as an increase in digital skills across the workforce is proven to improve business results, and is vital for the future as digital technologies become increasingly central to all aspects of business activity.
The project will train participants, over 55% women, in relevant digital subjects to improve their employability and address the gender imbalance in the uptake of digital qualifications and in digital roles.
The £753,784 project has received £603,037 of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) and is being led by Digital Peninsula Network (DPN) with project partners Truro and Penwith College, the Isles of Scilly Council and the Penzance Business District contributing match-funding.