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Digital Innovators Skills Programme

02 December 2020

Digital Innovators Skills Programme

If you want to develop skills that will help you unlock your potential and find a career you love, our free training programme could be for you.

What's involved?

In partnership with West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Digital Innovators are running a series of courses for those currently not in employment or seeking to enhance their skills to develop their careers. The Digital Innovators Skills Programme will equip you with confidence, resilience and self-belief, as well as skills in Project management, Communication and collaboration, Design thinking and Digital tools.

The Digital Innovators Skills Programme is available to anyone 18 or older in the WMCA area looking to develop skills and career opportunities. The next programme will begin on January 25th 2021. There will be five programmes delivered in total between September 2020 and August 2021. 

Are you eligible?

Our programme is primarily designed for ambitious young people who are looking to develop their employability and digital skills, as well as confidence in the workplace.

You don’t need to be academic, but you do need to have the right aptitude and attitude to make the most of the opportunity.

To join the free Digital Innovators Skills Programme, you must be:

  1. Between 18 and 25 years of age.
  2. A resident in the WMCA region (i.e. Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton).
  3. Able to attend this full-time, 11 week training course and support yourself during this period. (You may be eligible for Universal Credit or other benefits during this training – check with your local Job Centre Plus).
  4. EITHER not in employment, education or training OR in a job which is temporary or at risk of redundancy

Why choose this programme?

The whole ethos behind the Digital Innovators Skills Programme is employability. Unlike many programmes, this isn’t about training you for a specific job or train you to be a coder. It’s about training you in soft skills and digital tools that can be applied to virtually any career. We will build your confidence in your abilities and help you unlock your full potential.

During the main stage of our programme, you will work directly with employers on live business challenges, to test what you’ve learned and work with your team to develop a new product, service or idea for a potential employer. This can lead directly to job opportunities or apprenticeships with our partners, as well as strengthening your CV.


If you meet the eligibility criteria, please register your interest. We will then send you some more information about the course and arrange a short call with you so we can get to know you better and answer any questions you may have.

Need more information? Take a look at our frequently asked questions or download our leaflet.