Digital Skills for Growth

01642 738701

Fully funded digital skills training to transform your role, your business and your career

Specialist technical and creative digital upskilling for everyone working in County Durham (excluding Darlington) to upskill their digital knowledge regardless if you work for a large or small organisation, work in the public sector or if you work in education, all are welcome.

Come and join us at one of our quarterly roadshows for a taster session to find out what digital technologies are available to help you at work, transform your business and develop your career. We will help you to future proof your digital skills and identify which fully funded courses will help you most.


Digital Roadshow's

Each quarter we will be hosting a roadshow which will provide a perfect opportunity to take part in one of our many taster sessions which are a great way to explore what digital technology is available and if this is something you can apply within your role.

These are some of the taster sessions we are offering:

  • How to see the story within your data
  • Possibilities of Immersive Tech
  • 2D Animation
  • Power BI
  • Think like a Hacker to defend your business
  • Digital Marketing, Good, Bad, Ugly
  • My life with AI
  • How can machine learning transform your business
  • Let's get coding, Python Style
  • CyberSecurity
  • Making sense of your Digital Business

Think like a hacker and defend your business

We live in a dangerous world where a silent and invisible war wages. By the time you find out you have been attacked, it’s far too late.

In this highly interactive and competitive session, you will be thrust into the immersive world of white hat hackers and black hat cyber criminals. Your separate teams will have two missions, one to uphold the law and the other to break it. By thinking like a hacker and looking through their eyes you will better understand the dangerous cyber world that we live in and be better able to start your journey into fortifying your cyber defences.

Do you have what it takes?

This could be the start of your journey to understand what you need to protect your business against CyberCrime, the next step is gaining the knowledge from our short accredited course to implement the changes you need to make.

How to see the story within your data

It is absolutely mind-boggling how much data we create every day. We generate about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily…and it’s accelerating. In the last 2 years alone we have generated 90% of the world’s entire stored data.

So what do we do with it? And how do we make sense of it all?

This taster session looks at how you can use data visualisation techniques to help identify the story hidden within this vast sea of data to help write that winning pitch or improve your company’s performances and profits. Stories often remain hidden in the numbers but once you bring them to life with charts you’ll be amazed at what suddenly appears.

We will show you some award winning examples of data visualisation, in a wide range of applications from journalism, research, business analytics and the newer emerging field of the Quantified Self Movement where we chart our own personal data such as step count, heart rate, etc. You’ll be introduced to some amazing (and free) tools that will help get you started in developing your own charts. You’ll learn that there’s a whole lot more on offer than just a line graph and pie chart. We will also take a look into the world of infographics where you combine your charts with text and graphics with visually impressive results in easy-to-use tools that do the work of a professional graphic designer.

Your journey can continue and so can your successes if you study more from our accredited course.

Possibilities of Immersive Tech

Do you wish you had a crystal ball to peer into the future and prove how big the government led Future and Immersive Technologies for industry will become. One of the government’s recent reports forecasts that only one of these technologies, Virtual Reality in the UK entertainment and media industry alone will reach a value of £801m by 2021, making it the fastest growing and largest VR industry.

On video: Virtual Augmented Reality Mannequin

Are these too futuristic? Can we help you apply it to your business today?

This workshop will take you through four of the main government led technologies Drone, photogrammetry, Virtual Reality, Augmented reality. These byte sized areas will give you an understanding of the area, allow you to assess the capabilities and application towards usage for your business. These technologies can help your business be more accurate, allow better pitch/bid writing, save time and lots of money and allow for continuous training and development of staff and products. We will introduce you to tools (some free) which will enable them to be integrated into your business to enable future growth and open up extra opportunities.

Your journey can continue and so can your successes if you study more from our accredited course.

Digital Marketing, Good, Bad and Ugly

Consumers are now spending more time than ever online, often to compare, discuss and select new purchases. Likewise, digital touchpoints are involved in many business purchases. As a result, digital marketing techniques have never been more important for businesses. However, the way businesses apply digital marketing techniques can make a huge difference to people’s experiences.

This workshop will provide you with some tools to get the most out of your digital marketing but imagine the knowledge you will gain from studying a short accredited course.

My life with AI

In this Taster you will understand how to use AI for innovation, transformation and automation. You will build your knowledge of how to extract data for optimisation and prediction, and how to fuse information for best decision making to enhance productivity, efficiency and reduce costs.

This Taster will also offer you an opportunity in building your understanding of the importance of data analysis for cyber physical systems. You will understand the concept of what are the challenges in data collection, data storing, data processing, visualisation and monitoring, in order to add value in the business process model. This will also include the Internet of Things (IoT) and data security associated with the cyber physical system.

How can machine learning transform your business

This workshop will introduce you to the use of machine learning for developing new predictive models. You will learn about different machine learning algorithms and how to choose the right algorithm depending on your data. We will show you how to develop a predictive model using Azure Machine Learning Studio, an interactive and visual workspace that does not require any previous programming knowledge.

In the workshop, you will also learn how to pre-process your data in order to develop effective machine learning models. Any models you will develop during the workshop can be easily adapted to be run again with the data from your own business.

Our workshop has been designed for you to instantly look at using machine learning within your business, to find out more why not study our short 12 week course.
More about machine learning

Let’s get programming, Python style

You may have heard of Python: the free, approachable powerful programming language for novices and professionals alike to use for anything from automating simple repetitive tasks, to big data processing and machine learning. In this session, you'll start your programming journey by diving straight in to practical problem solving using the Python programming language, building up programming fundamentals and gaining insight into the world of possibilities that open up to you once you're able to write your own computer programs. You'll be coding right away, and have everything you need to take your learning further, whether at work or independently. From project managers to administrative professionals to veterans of other programming languages. Python has something to offer you!

Making sense of your digital business

Making Sense of your digital business model

Amazon is the undisputed king of 21st century commerce, having grown from an online bookseller to one of the most valuable companies in the world and the market leader in almost everything from cloud computing to tech-assisted shopping. Using Amazon as an example, we will look at the business model they followed that led to their success today?

We can provide you with the skills to look at your own digital business model by going on to study our 12 week course.


We will shortly be uploading some videos about each of our taster sessions so that you can identify the right session for you. If you are unsure, contact a member of the team who will be able to help.

Course Delivery

You can register to take part in one of our short accredited courses and again these are available throughout 2020 and 2021 in the following subjects:

  • Data Visualisation
  • Python Programming
  • Java Programming
  • Relational and Non SQL Databases
  • Power BI
  • Web Design and Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Business Models
  • Machine Learning
  • 2D Animation and Stop Motion
  • Digital Music Technology
  • Games Development
  • Concept Art

Our courses will be delivered in a variety of ways, allowing you to select the best option for you to learn. These options are:

  • Low Intensity – The course will be delivered over 10 weeks with half a day per week with taught provision
  • Medium Intensity
    a. The course will be delivered over 5 weeks and will receive two half days per week of taught lessons
    b. The course will be delivered over 5 weeks and will receive one full day of taught provision
  • High Intensity – The course will be delivered over 5 weeks with 1 full day taught at Week 1 and 5 the intermediary (Week 2, 3 and 4) will be self-taught with online support.

We will provide weekly drop-in sessions to help our learners when they need it most and these will take place throughout Durham.

Focus Group

We understand that the needs of Industry and Education (Primary and Secondary Teachers) may be different and have therefore arranged separate focus groups to make sure we provide what is needed to each sector.

Our focus groups will discuss what digital skills are needed so that we can offer these to employed people in Durham in the future.

Interested in joining a focus group, contact a member of the team on the details below to find out more.

T: 01642 738701

Commitment to our learners

We are committed to promoting Equality & Diversity within the project and will safeguard those who may face inequality or harassment.

We will actively promote and enable beneficiaries of all; ages, disabilities; genders; gender orientation, gender reassignment; race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy & maternity encouraging them to participate.

We will strive to create a positive and supportive learning environment for our beneficiaries, encouraging all to adopt to our policy of promoting diversity and providing equal opportunities that respond to changing demographics and working patterns.

Eligibility applies and you will need to be employed Durham region to benefit from the programme.

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