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About Us

We connect private, public and third sector organisations to create the digital skills ecosystem that Cornwall’s future needs. The partnership harnesses the innovation in Cornwall to inspire our communities, transform educational landscapes, and create a sustainable digital economy where everyone thrives.

What’s the big idea?

CIoS Digital Skills Partnership is one of six trailblazing local partnerships set up by the Department for Digital Cultural Media and Sport (DCMS). It’s part of the government’s Digital Strategy which sets out the ambition to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.

In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, it’s a about creating a digital future for Cornwall.

How does it work?

We have a strategic board with representatives from the local authority, industry, education, and third sector. The board meet six times a year and are responsible for driving and monitoring the partnership activity. The wider Partnership aims to have representation from as diverse a group as possible – all committed to creating a digital future for Cornwall. They meet three times a year to network, get inspired, and report back on activity. Small groups work on specific projects and report into the larger partnership and board.

Our Values

We are… Collaborative, Inclusive, Innovative, Action Driven, and Ambitious

Why are digital skills important?

Digital skills play a vital role in Cornwall’s future

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69% of leaders believe their organisation has a digital skills gap

More than 50% of today’s jobs require some technology skills, and this will increase to 77% in less than a decade

Tech, space and data have been identified as high growth industries in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

But only 10% of students in Cornwall studying computer science at GCSE are female, and we’ll need 60,000 more people studying computer science UK-wide to fulfil demand.

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9% of adults in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have never used the internet compared with 6% nationally

Low earners with the least digital engagement pay 42% more on utilities than the most digitally engaged. (Lloyds Bank UK CDI 2020.)

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