The country’s first digital academy is to open in Liverpool, backed by the Government and the City of Liverpool College.

The £2.5m scheme will teach young people coding, software development, online marketing and games design.

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It’s scheduled to open in September at the City of Liverpool College’s Myrtle Street campus and will be the first purpose-designed digital and coding academy in the country.

“This investment means we will be better equipped than ever to deliver a pipeline of young people with the kind of skills which are essential for businesses in the 21st century,” said Elaine Bowker, principal and chief executive of the City of Liverpool College.

“It is a signal of our focus on providing skills and qualifications which meet the needs of businesses and which directly contribute to the City region’s economic growth ambitions.”

The college anticipates that student numbers in the School of Computer Science and Digital will grow from 300 to 500.

“This development will enable the city region to nurture the best talent to help us maintain and build the city region as a global force in technology and software, with a talent pool which will attract companies in the sector and help in the creation of new businesses,” added Paul Hollywood, product development director Starship.

The project is set to receive up to £2.18m funding from the Growth Deal.