Skills for the Digital Economy

Creative Skillset

Wales

Project title

Skills for the Digital Economy

Project Duration

2011 -2015

Total project grant

€2,600,000

EU Funding Opportunity

European Social Fund (ESF)

Skills for the Digital Economy provided a range of training opportunities to the creative sector based in West Wales and the Valleys.

The programme, which ran from 2011 to 2015, was part-funded by the European Social Fund via the Welsh Government with additional funding support from the Welsh language broadcaster S4C and the trade association for Welsh TV producers, Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC). 

Helping people in the creative industries upgrade their digital skills and enhance their career prospects, the project saw almost 1,000 participants benefit from a variety of short and part-time courses designed to safeguard the performance and productivity of the creative sector in Wales.

An intermediate assessment of the project from 2014 noted that the programme had a positive impact on the turnover of participating companies. It stated that in 2014 alone, there was a net increase in turnover of £1,600,000 thanks to the project, which corresponds to roughly £25,500 per participating company. In addition, every £1 invested in the training was estimated to secure a £4 return on investment.

The Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Skills (May 2015) said:

As the Skills for the Digital Economy programme draws to a close, the real success story is the 975 people across Wales who have benefited from the programme and who have contributed almost half a million of their own money into this training, which goes to show how much they valued it.

”This programme has provided a real opportunity to gain valuable insight into what has worked effectively and could be used across Wales. As we continue to support apprenticeships and the creative skills sector I look forward to working with Creative Skillset Cymru in sharing that insight.”

Find out more by reading the intermediate assessment.