The digital skills partnership between the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire enterprise partnership and Microsoft.


A smart solution for a smart county and city!

Microsoft welcomes the opportunity to support the development of smart cities and counties and are delighted to partner with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and many local partners to support the transformation of the region’s economy, education, skills and public services.

Microsoft and the local digital industry cluster group will work with the LEP to align activities and agreed outcomes with broader Economic Growth objectives.

Microsoft working through the LEP can offer very practical support to grow digital skills capabilities and capacity.



What does that mean for Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire?

Microsoft has long recognised its responsibility to work with national governments to contribute towards shared goals of growth, opportunity and empowerment. However the Digital Skills agenda needs to deliver real impact at a local level to be truly effective. This requires local leadership in Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire to take up the challenge and Microsoft can partner with those who want to own the agenda locally, providing access to programmes, professional expertise and support as required.

Digital schools – moving the schools computing and coding agenda forward

  • Aim: engage 3 million UK students with coding courses
  • Possible regional ambitions: engage 50,000 Staffordshire students with coding courses

Digital people – creating more routes into tech

  • Aim: create 30,000 digital apprentices
  • Possible regional ambitions: create 1000 Staffordshire digital apprentices

Digital business, public sector and charities – acquiring vital cloud skills

  • Aim: train 30,000 UK public servants
  • Possible regional ambitions: train 1200 Staffordshire public servants
  • Aim: 500,000 UK cloud experts
  • Possible regional ambitions: train 20,000 Staffordshire cloud experts
  • Free Digital Literacy programmes for all Staffordshire citizens

Expanding our regional offer increasing computing and coding.

Microsoft can work also with local partners to further turbo charge interest in the Digital Skills agenda,
building on the local STEM ambassador and Microsoft’s own digital ambassador programmes. Additional
support could include:

  • Running a training day for 100 teachers
  • Running a training day for local STEM ambassadors
  • Running a training day for computer science students at local universities to support their school outreach programmes
  • Practical support in preparing for national competitions

More routes into tech

Microsoft can work with local partners, colleges, universities and schools to land the Microsoft Apprenticeship Programme in Staffordshire.

Microsoft and the digital industry cluster will work also with business networks, local business mentor groups and others to develop larger scale interventions and support. This could include:

  • Providing content and expert presenters for a “Build a company in a day on the cloud” regional workshop
  • Providing regional cloud skills bootcamps

Further information

You can find more information about the Microsoft digital skills programme in the document below:

Microsoft Digital Skills Programme (578 KB)


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