Digital Skills – Workforce for the Future

Enhance the digital capabilities of your business with support and training from UWE Bristol.

Drive your business forward

Digital Skills – Workforce for the Future is a skills analysis and development programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West of England. The programme is designed to improve business productivity and sustainability through enhancing the digital capabilities of your business and the skills of your workforce.

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What support is available?

As part of our diverse offer, we'll show you how to harness the power of digital with in-depth one-to-one support with expert advisors. Across the programme, your business and your employees will be able to access a bespoke combination of support via the below strands:

Digital Health Check

  • Business, operational and digital needs analyses
  • Assessment report and action plan
  • Employee skills assessments to identify gaps

Digital Skills Training

  • Structured learning opportunities catered to your needs
  • In depth workforce training for specific skillsets, tools or technology
  • From short, online courses for staff, to in-depth leadership programmes and accredited learning

Digital Consultancy Projects

  • SMEs with a more complex digital need will be able to request consultancy support
  • Understand your challenge or opportunity and work with our digital consultants to find the best approach for your business
  • Our digital consultants will be drawn from our academic, student and external consultant networks

Digital futureproofing

  • Targeted skills libraries
  • Access to digital talent recruitment pool
  • Access to digital business network

For more information on each strand of our offer, a full Digital Skills training listing, consultancy application windows and applying for digital consultant support, visit our Digital Skills website.

Download the Digital Skills information pack (PDF) 


The scheme is open to SMEs from any industry that have a business presence in the West of England (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset).

Areas we can support

We can offer support in the following areas:

  • Digital marketing – view a course introduction (PDF)
  • App design and creation
  • Digital disruption, leadership and change
  • Cyber security
  • AI and machine learning
  • Robotics and smart factories
  • Cloud computing
  • Data management and analytics
  • Coding and programming

Find out more about the programme by visting the Digital Skills website.

Request a call back

Register your details and one of our expert team will be in touch with you to discuss your requirements.

Request a call back

Further development

UWE Bristol is delivering Workforce for the Future on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority.

If it is determined that your development needs do not fit with the digital enhancement opportunities available at UWE Bristol, you will be referred to the West of England Combined Authority Growth Hub, who will align you with a more suitable partner. Please visit the Workforce for the Future website to find out more about other partners delivering Workforce for the Future.

Our funders

  • West of England Combined Authority logo
  • European Social Fund logo

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