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The Skills City roadshow is an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to find out more about its six completely free digital skills training programmes, which include 3D immersive technology, cyber security, cloud engineering, data analytics and software engineering.

Skills City is showcasing its training opportunities at Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Ewood Park, on Tuesday 24 August, 11am-2pm.

Programme representatives from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Raytheon Professional Services, Unity in Industry, Black Codhers and Niyo Enterprises will also be attending the event.

 Developed by HOST, the Home of Skills & Technology at MediaCityUK, and funded by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs, it will support 450 people with fair access to digital skills training.

According to Burning Glass, 82 per cent of all job openings online request digital skills which means these skills are more essential than ever across sectors. While digital skills are important for every job, salaries for digital roles tend to be 36 per cent higher than average.

The Skills Bootcamps are employer-led with support from industry leaders including BAE Systems and Bentley Motors, and XR and immersive experts Taran3D and v360.

Learners will have the chance to take part in projects to put their skills to the test, and to work on real-life commercial projects provided by partner organisations. The courses also provide personal development support to help prepare them for interviews and a technology career.

Skills City offers flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.

The Skills Bootcamps are open to residents of the North West aged 19 or over, who are either in-work, looking for work, or have been unemployed for 12 months or less.

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group, operator of HOST, said: “Being Blackburn born and bred, we have an amazing opportunity to offer this alternative provision to our communities in Lancashire.

“We are committed to nurturing local talent and helping to fast-track people who previously would not have had access to these opportunities into world-class technology careers. We are excited to change the dynamic of future skills and technology talent.

“With Skills City, we have designed a unique blueprint to give employers and learners choice. We may be about technology, but the benefits we bring are all about people.”

The Skills City Roadshow will also be held at HOST in MediaCityUK on 20 August, 11am-2pm and 26 August, 6-9pm. For more information, visit: