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Workplan update: April 2022

Date: 21 Apr

When we published our workplan in November we promised to give regular updates on our progress.

We’re happy to report that lots has happened in the last four months. Two projects are complete and seven more are well underway.


  • Deep dive into future need: Report complete and will be published in May
  • Videos showcasing tech careers: Videos complete and will be promoted as part of a wider comms campaign between now and September

In progress

  • Cornwall games festival: Confirmed for October 2022. CIoS DSP lead is sitting on the steering group and will help develop a skills strand
  • Code club training sessions: Pilot project launched to train parent volunteers in five Cornish primaries.
  • Digital parents newsletter: Content is scoped and the design has been contracted
  • Cornwall Digital festival: We are going to group some planned events throughout May under the banner of Cornwall Tech Month, in partnership with Software Cornwall
  • Strategic PR campaign: Agency contracted and briefed
  • Tech jams for grownups: Planned for end of May
  • Inclusive recruitment series: In partnership with the University of Exeter we are running an event about how to encourage women into tech roles.


  • Digital Futures Day: the pilot event planned for February was cancelled due to Covid. As school staff are at max capacity, it makes sense to postpone to next academic year
  • Work experience portfolio for Cornish students based on the Mission to Mars week model: potential lead organisations have been identified. As soon as funding is confirmed we can start the contracting process. We’re also looking at the feasibility of a Tech Academy model.
  • Trevithick Day: postponed due to school capacity
  • “What is a…” project: Yet to begin
  • Tech Talent Charter: Yet to begin. There are currently no signatories in CIoS.


  • Work experience portal: This is a more complicated project than we realised as an online database just a small part of a necessarily complex and rigorous system. After changes in the council, the skills and careers teams will work more closely together, meaning we can work on other ways to improve the links between employers who have opportunties, and students who need them.
  • Culdrose future careers programme: We made the decision to roll this into the existing programme of successful forces careers fairs – and help to encourage attendance from tech employers

We’d love you to help us get more projects over the line. If you can give time, expertise, contacts, or financial help, please do get in touch.