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We are excited that Autism East Midlands is part of a team of fantastic East Midlands organisations who have teamed up together to deliver free digital workshops for women and autistic individuals to help them get into work in a digital role.

The digital sector is an every increasing and developing industry with bundles of exciting opportunities. The Digital Skills Academy has been created to provide under represented groups the opportunity to develop skills which will make them more employable.

We sat down with Autism East Midlands’ Employment Coach, Angela Gardner to learn more about the project.

Which organisations are involved in this project?

There are some fantastic organisations involved with this project alongside us at Autism East Midlands. We are happy to be sharing our expertise with the lead partner, Nottingham City Council, as well as other key partners including the D2N2 LEP, East Midlands Chamber, as well as key local universities including the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.

What is the Digital Skills project?

The Digital Skills Project has been designed to give women and autistic individuals the opportunity to access free training sessions that will provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment or progress their career in an ever increasing digital sector. There are five different courses ranging from basic digital skills, through to website development and cyber security. Details about each course can be found Here
What is the structure of these courses?

The courses are all 4 sessions running in consecutive weeks, they will be located in the East Midlands in either Derby, Nottingham or Chesterfield depending on the course. Training will be delivered by an industry leader, meaning you will be receiving the most up to date content from the best qualified in the field.

You can only attend one of the advertised courses, so chose what topic you’d like to learn about wisely. You will also receive support on a one to one level from a university graduate, they will become your digital buddy and will help you to understand and put into context the content delivered in your sessions.

As well as this Autism East Midlands will be able to offer autistic individuals accessing the courses support, all you have to do is contact me by emailing angela.gardner@autismeastmidlands.org.uk or call 01909 506678

How do I get on to 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 now to avoid disappointment.