is delighted to announce its brand new Digital Skills Academy is now open in time for
The new facility has been developed in response to current research findings that suggest there are skills shortages in the multi-discipline IT industry including cyber security, software development and programming.
an exciting opportunity for Leigh College learners to take advantage of their
skills and knowledge in this field to gain future employment in an ever
According to North
West labour market analysis (Emsi) there is over a 4% rise in employment opportunities
for programmers & software developers as well as information technology and
aims to meet the needs of the digital sector including the games development
industry where there are particular skills shortages for high-powered
mathematicians and computer scientists in the UK that they need to build
increasingly sophisticated products.
The College is developing three state of the art learning
laboratories; each with equipment focusing on a specific digital specialism
will enhance the student learning experience.
One specialist area is The Internet of Things laboratory,
which comes equipped with facilities to develop electronic products that sense
their immediate environment and allow for automated control of home electronics
with integration via smart home products like Amazon Alexa and Hive.
A Cyber Security and Digital Technologies laboratory will
allow students to develop skills in the use of software and techniques in Web
Development as well as Cloud Computing and Games Development with the use of VR
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s research findings suggest
there are cyber security skills gaps in basic and high level technical skills,
as well as managerial, planning and organisation skills.
Half of an
estimated 1.32million UK businesses are not confident about carrying out cyber
security risk assessments or preparing cyber security training meaning there
will be plenty of positions available in this sector.
There is also a Robotics and Artificial Intelligence laboratory
that is designed to develop students building and programming of robots to
fulfil a range of activities. Equipment includes walking robots, including a
six-legged spider robot, robotic arms and 3D AI software.
Further findings from the labour market review suggest that
skills in artificial intelligence and data analytics for example will be in
Head of Business & Computing, Nick Long said: “The new state of the art facilities will provide a unique learning experience which will help to prepare our students for both higher level study and progression to employment.
“Our specially designed courses are aimed to provide our students with technical skills preparation for an ever expanding digital industry where the opportunities for employment are much greater.”