Connecting digital technology companies with the lecturers teaching your future employees.


The Digital Skills Partnership is working to meet the needs of the digital industry by connecting technology businesses with academic teaching staff. The result? Tomorrow’s students will have the technical and soft skills required to work effectively in the digital industry.

We need you

We need you to help shape and create the talent of the future. Share your experiences. Tell us what your company and the industry need now and going forward. Tell us how you see the future of the digital technology industry. What do students today need to learn, know and deliver in order to be successful?

How you can get involved

Share your expertise with college and university computing lecturers. Work with them to update and enhance their curriculum so that students are equipped for the world of work.

Speak at one of our CPD events


We ran ten continuous professional development (CPD) events last year, with more planned for this year. Get in touch and let us know what you have to offer.
Tell us about your current practices, needs, any skill gaps you have experienced and how these can be fulfilled in the future. Last year we held workshops on:

  • Agile
  • DevOps
  • Test Driven Development
  • Testing
  • Data Science
  • Machine learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • User Experience
  • Building secure software

We are also looking for cyber experts to support curriculum development for the new HNC in Cyber Security.

If you can contribute to any one of these subjects or have a new topic you believe should be included do get in touch

Be a Critical Friend

Volunteer as a ‘critical friend’ and be matched with a lecturer and college/ university. Invite your lecturer to site visits or ask them in to observe your team so they can learn and experience first hand what your company does, delivers and works. This hands-on experience is invaluable and enables the lecturer to update their curriculum and teaching practices. It also gives them practical industry insights and experiences.

Join our Industry Advisory Group

Join our Industry Advisory Group and meet with other industry professionals and lecturers. This is your opportunity to feed directly in to the partnership and the further and higher education system. We have a detailed work plan we are working towards. Our 4 key areas of work in 2019 are:

  1. Continuing professional development (CPD) for lecturers
  2. Curriculum development
  3. Support for students
  4. Careers and employability

The discussions and feedback from our Industry Advisory meetings feed directly in to the DSP’s board meetings.

Other ways you can play your part

  • Sense check technical content for a CPD session
  • Suggest topics for future CPD sessions
  • Get involved in a graduate skills discussion
  • Get involved in supporting a curriculum development
  • Get your recent graduate hires to complete our graduate survey
  • Contribute to module reviews
  • Offer a site visit to a lecturer, or group of lecturers
  • Support a careers event at a college or university

Join the companies already working with us

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Shape, educate and develop the digital talent of the future.

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