Sunday, October 25, 2020

Barnsley College opens new digital innovation hub

Barnsley College’s newly created digital innovation hub has welcomed its first students this week.

The new SciTech Digital Innovation Hub is supported The Department of Education and The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The facilities are part of a significant investment in the improvement of the college’s facilities and digital curriculum in line with Barnsley’s ‘TechTown Five Year Action Plan.’

This aims to create ‘More and Better Jobs’ and businesses by promoting the acquisition of digital skills, promoting digital entrepreneurship and using digital technology to transform existing businesses.

Facilities within the SciTech Digital Innovation Hub will have a special focus on digital industries including cyber security, network technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality alongside software and programming.

“The Hub provides facilities to enable us to deliver an exciting new digital curriculum in response to the digital skills gap. Our young people are the key to addressing this and upskilling the current workforce is also a vital consideration for employers,” said Yiannis Koursis, Principal and CEO at Barnsley College.

“Earlier this year we were delighted to receive grant funding from both the Department for Education and the LEP totalling £5 million to support this £7 million development. The Hub is central to the delivery of T Levels and for supporting our work addressing digital skills poverty across the region.”

James Muir, Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “This new hub will play a vital role in equipping young people in South Yorkshire with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.

“South Yorkshire has always been a hotbed for innovation and this investment will enable our young people to be pioneers of the digital industries.

“Developing a talented and committed workforce with the skills to deliver is crucial to our region’s economic renewal, and investing in technology will help us achieve a stronger, greener and fairer economy and society.”

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