Skills and Education

We are bridging the digital skills gap through a variety of skills programmes that inspire, engage and upskill tomorrow’s workforce.

Our digital skills programmes help engage, inspire and upskill young people and job seekers, enriching the talent pipeline within the STEM sectors.

The need for tech-savvy employees is growing every day. Our digital skills programmes help engage tomorrow’s workforce with potential careers in technology and digital entrepreneurship. Our programmes range widely, from working with young people in schools to supporting inmates in prisons.

We are constantly designing and delivering new programs to help make the UK a tech-savvy nation. Our current active programs include:

The North East Digital Skills Audit

Following the launch of the inaugural report in 2021, we released the North East Digital Skills Audit 2022 in June. The audit measures the state of digital skills among employers and job seekers in the North East of England. Click here to download the report.

Tech Talent Ready

Have you finished university and not sure what to do next? Or are you wanting to return to work after a career break? Or do you simply want to learn new skills?

Tech Talent Ready is a collection of training courses that will help you build the skills needed to work in tech. Courses range from between 2-4 weeks long and have a guaranteed job interview at the end. Visit the Tech Talent Ready website.

Inspire North of Tyne

Funded by North of Tyne Combined Authority, Inspire North of Tyne focuses on raising aspirations and providing opportunities to young people to pursue careers in STEM industries. The programme contains a series of enrichment events open to all secondary schools across the North of Tyne Combined Authority area. Access INOT’s newsletters and educational resources here.

Sunderland Smart Cities Digital Careers Programme

Sunderland Smart Cities Digital Careers Programme is a partnership between Sunderland City Council, Sunderland College, Sunderland University, Together for Children and Sunderland Software City. The programme will help bring the world of work to life by providing opportunities for young people to understand the different routes and skills that are required to enter the digital sector. For more information, visit our programme page.

As part of these programmes, we also offer a range of online STEM learning resources which you can access on our learning resources page.


Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about our skills programmes, then please get in touch with Jill McKinney – our Head of Skills. Email or call 0780 877 6061

Call 0780 877 6061