Hull and East Yorkshire has been named as the “fastest growing region” for digital, and by 2025, the sector could add £1.6bn to local economy, creating an additional 42,200 jobs.
That’s according to a new report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
“Yorkshire and the Humber has massive potential to be a leading UK tech destination which will put rocket boosters on the region’s economy and help unlock new innovations that improve people’s lives,” said Digital Minister Chris Philp.
“But we must make sure people have the skills and talents needed for these jobs of the future.”
A new Local Digital Skills Partnership has been announced, to improve digital skills in the area. The coalition of local authorities, businesses and education providers has been established to identify skills gabs and training opportunities.
“The Humber region has led the way in boosting digital skills and creating opportunities in the digital sector, so I’m pleased that the government has recognised the success of the Humber Local Digital Skills Partnership pilot,” added Hull City Council Leader Daren Hale.
“The council has continued to support the LDSP, sitting on its steering group to offer support and expertise to help shape the digital future of the city. The partnership has proven to be very valuable to the council and the local economy.
It follows similar partnerships in Lancashire, Cheshire and Warrington.