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UWE Bristol launch free support for SMEs to enhance digital capabilities

UWE Bristol have launched Digital Skills: Workforce for the Future, offering free support to SMEs looking to improve business productivity and sustainability through enhancing the digital skills and capabilities of their workforce.

UWE Bristol is delivering Workforce for the Future on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).

Tracey John, Director of Research, Business and Innovation at UWE Bristol and project sponsor commented “We are excited to be able to offer SMEs in the region more support, this time in the form of Digital Skills. Regardless of industry, digital skills are more and more crucial to the success of any business. Our expert team will work with you to identify skills gaps and then offer bespoke training in order for you to fill those gaps.

What support is available

As part of their diverse offer, they’ll show businesses how to harness the power of digital with in-depth 1:1 support with expert advisors. Across the programme, businesses and employees will be able to access a bespoke combination of support via the below strands:


  • Business, operational and digital needs analyses
  • Assessment report & action plan
  • Employee Skills Assessments to identify gaps


  • Structured learning opportunities catered to your needs
  • From short, online courses for staff, to in-depth leadership programmes and accredited learning
  • Access to In-situ Digital Consultants and Training

Digital Futureproofing

  • Targeted skills libraries
  • Access to Digital Talent Recruitment pool
  • Access to Digital Business Network


The scheme is open to SMEs from any industry that have a business presence in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset).

Areas UWE Bristol can support 

They can offer support in the following areas:

  • Digital marketing
  • App design & creation
  • Digital disruption, leadership & change
  • Cyber Security
  • AI & Machine Learning
  • Robotics & Smart Factories
  • Cloud computing
  • Data management & analytic
  • Coding & programming