Digital Sandwell

How do I boost digital skills in my Sandwell business? How do I use my digital skills to help others?

The digital revolution is transforming everything from work and education to communication and healthcare. In business, digital skills allow our organisations to be agile, innovative, flexible and collaborative. Here we’ve rounded up resources to help you keep your Sandwell workforce digitally savvy and ensure no-one is left behind.

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Boost digital skills in your business

WM5G
The next generation in mobile technology, 5G is set to transform way we live and work in the way that 4G and smartphones have already changed our lives. WM5G is a multimillion pound West Midlands partnership organisation which communicates and accelerates the benefits of 5G technology in our region. Find out more at www.wm5g.org.uk.

Grow your business with digital skills and technology

Google Mentoring
Enterprise Nation has partnered with Google to offer free one-to-one mentoring to help small businesses become more discoverable online, create digital marketing strategies, sell products more effectively online and understand Google analytics. You can find out more, and request a mentor, here.

Help to Grow: Digital
Help to Grow: Digital is a UK government initiative that will give eligible businesses advice and discounts on technology to boost their performance. The scheme will start in December 2021 – you can register your interest here.

Made Smarter
Made Smarter is a programme to grow UK manufacturing through digital technologies, innovation and skills. As reported by the Black Country Growth Hub, Jit Chandra is the digital technology specialist in the Black Country. Find out more about the programme and register via the website: www.madesmarter.uk.

Netcom Training
Leading IT training provider Netcom Training, which is based at the Aston Science Park in Birmingham, offers a fully funded ‘Website and Marketing for Entrepreneurs’ course, giving you the knowledge and understanding you need to thrive in your role as business owner.

Develop your own tech skills

School of Code
Funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority, School of Code aims to give everyone a route into technology. It offers coding bootcamps: free intensive and flexible coding courses which are open to applicants of all backgrounds. You don’t need to have any previous technical experience or any qualifications. You can register your interest for future School of Code cohorts here.

Women in Data Academy
Funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority, Women in Data Academy‘s programme is designed to help West Midlands women (including those living in Sandwell) develop skills to get into data engineering / science and technology careers. There are no special hurdles: the academy is keen for women of all ages to apply regardless of experience and whether degree-educated or not. Find out more about the Women in Data Academy.

Attend these events

WEBINAR: Digital Technology and the Future of Healthcare
Medilink Midlands
Thursday 11 November (online)

Webinar series: 5G and manufacturing
UK5G
Wednesday 17 November: Productivity and efficiency
Thursday 18 November: Sustainability
Wednesday 1 December: How to get 5G
Thursday 2 December: How to make the most of 5G

Disruptors Midlands
TheBusinessDesk.com
Wednesday 24 November

Help others to boost their digital skills or access technology

Sandwell Digital Donation
Sandwell Digital Donation is a partnership between between Sandwell CouncilBlack Country Housing Group and West Bromwich social enterprise Repc Ltd. It provides re-conditioned digital devices (PCs, laptops, tablets) to Sandwell families in need. If your organisation has any digital device it no longer needs, you can donate it to help others.

Sustainable Smart Factory
Technology developers are invited to submit a video pitch for the chance to showcase their skills to manufacturers. The deadline for submission is 5pm on Monday 8 November. For more information, and to upload a video pitch, visit the website, where you will need to create an account.

5PRING Mentorship Community
The 5PRING Mentorship Community is being created to enable experts to support entrepreneurs to become trailblazers in their industries. If you are interested, and highly skilled in at least one subject area (such as marketing, finance, legal, pricing, artificial intelligence or computer vision), find out more at the WM5G website.

This page was last updated in October 2021.

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