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D2N2 Digital Academy

About the scheme

The D2N2 Digital Skills Academy supports women and autistic individuals (men and women) who want to get into work, or progress from their current role into a digital role. The programme aims to help them gain the digital skills they need to find a job they’ll thrive in.

Participants can choose one of five digital training session themes to take part in which will help them to become more digitally savvy and boost career prospects.

This training is completely free, and comprises a four-day programme at centres within Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire. Most will be held from 9.30am to 4pm with one theme being held from 5pm-8pm.
The key delivery partners include Autism East Midlands, D2N2 LEP, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), Nottingham City Council, the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham.

Who’s it for?

D2N2 Digital Skills Academy is a free, innovative programme set up exclusively to help autistic individuals (men and women), and also unemployed women – particularly those who are returning to work after a period of absence, those out of work, and those looking for another role or to progress within their own organisation.

How it will help?

The project has secured funding through the Government’s Digital Innovation Fund for a ground-breaking pilot project across the region to encourage those in underrepresented groups to become more digitally savvy, and able to get employment in the digital sector as a result.

It is designed to support digital innovation and help re-shape lives.

What support is available?

Delegates will be able to choose to attend one theme comprising four free training sessions, designed to teach the skills required to become work-ready for a job in the growing digital sector. Each course set is delivered by experienced and industry leading digital experts and there are five different course themes on offer.
Not only will delegates learn new digital skills, they’ll also receive support from a graduate digital buddy, who’ll help build their confidence and offer one-to-one guidance in a safe environment.

Work experience opportunities may also be a possibility for delegates once they’ve completed their course, further enhancing their employability prospects.

Autism East Midlands are involved as a partner in the project to offer support and guidance to prospective candidates, and to offer support throughout the programme.

If you want any advice prior to contacting the Digital Skills Academy, please get in touch by calling 01909 506678 ext 222 or email angela.gardner@autismeastmidlands.org.uk . Autism East Midlands staff will guide you through the process and undertake a brief assessment to ensure that the course best meets your learning requirements, and to ensure that you are adequately supported through the duration of the programme, and that any aids or adaptations required are identified.

What are the training session themes on offer?

Each set of training sessions is based around five key themes, which are:

• Web Development
• Digital Marketing
• Data Visualisation
• Cyber Security
• Digital Essentials (Evening sessions from 5pm to 8pm)

All these training courses are being delivered by expert and experienced trainers in each area of digital specialism.

To give delegates as much flexibility as possible, each training course is conducted over 4 separate days, over 4 consecutive weeks. To download details of the dates, venues and an overview of the courses please click here now.

It will be necessary to attend all four days to ensure you achieve a course attainment certificate.

Every delegate will be provided with a comprehensive workbook to use to capture notes throughout each sessions and can be taken away at the end as a reference guide for future.

A meal will be provided during each training course with refreshment breaks included too.

What is the eligibility criteria?

Each course requires every participant to have a minimum level of digital skills and experience to ensure that the training course is right for them. Desired skills include a competency and thorough understanding of computer systems, and applications, be familiar with file management, word processing systems, and have excellent written and verbal skills.
There are different skills required for each course – so please call us to see which course might be best for you to attend.

How do you enrol on the Digital Skills Academy?

When you are ready to enrol on the course, get in touch with the D2N2 Digital Skills Academy by calling 0333 320 0333 ext. 2153 (during office hours only).

The team will then discuss your eligibility and give you more information about the programme, and the support available to you. Delegates will also be required to complete an initial assessment and an enrolment form.

There are limited places available on each four day training course, so call us now to avoid disappointment.