Posted on November 8, 2018 by staff

Digital skills boss to speak at Lancashire event


Lancashire Skills Hub director Dr Michele Lawty-Jones will be discussing the importance of digital skills at BusinessCloud’s latest event in the county.

Lawty-Jones is the 13th speaker to be confirmed for the breakfast event on Wednesday 14th November, entitled ‘Lancashire’s untold digital story’.

The event will hear from some of the people leading the county’s digital charge and look at what the future holds.

In April a pioneering Government scheme to boost digital skills launched in Lancashire.

It was the first Digital Skills Partnership piloted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in the county, in partnership with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Skills and Employment Hub.

Lawty-Jones will be speaking about the success of the partnership and the importance of equipping people in Lancashire with basic digital skills.

“One of our key themes is around digital inclusion in terms of giving people basic skills – not only so they can access public services but also so they can use things like price comparison sites and boost their employability,” Lawty-Jones told BusinessCloud in a recent interview.

“It’s a matter of economic health and wellbeing – if you’re not using digital then you’re probably paying more than you should for a variety of things.”

Lawty-Jones will be speaking alongside Chorley Council chief executive Gary Hall, AMS Neve founder Mark Crabtree, Digital Lancashire chair Michael Gibson and Dharma Kovvuri.

The other speakers are: Andrew Green, CTO, Utiligroup; Stephen Johnson, co-founder and director, ROQ; Miranda Barker, chief executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce; Jennie Williams, cyber protect officer, Regional Cyber Crime Unit (NWROCU); Michelle Mellor, managing director, Cummins Mellor; Mo Isap, CEO, IN4.0 PLC; Miranda Barker, chief executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce; and Peter Catlow, director, Businesswise Solutions.