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Digital Accelerator Hub at Lakes College

A learning environment created in partnership with HM Government and Cumberland Council as part of the Workington Town Deal Project

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Ready to level up your digital skills?

Our brand-new hub prioritises skills and employability, boasting a range of state-of-the-art equipment which aims to to boost your skillset.

Digital qualifications are an important part of a modern-day CV, so we have a wide range of courses which are suitable for a wide range of learners. There’s something for everyone at Lakes!

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Courses we offer

Courses we offer

Modern-day workflows rely on various digital technologies to make business operations run smoothly – it’s essential that you understand how to use technology effectively and efficiently.

This course introduces you to skills and concepts which can be found in companies across the world, and arms you with the knowledge required to progress into further education or a career.

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Our Digital Technologies courses are perfect for those looking for a way into the industry, as well as those already working in the sector.

Our courses cover a wide range of topics – including web development, programming, database design, and project management.

Through a combination of theoretical and practical modules, you will gain knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the dynamic tech industry.

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This course is suitable for anyone hoping for a career in software production and design.

Students can progress in to roles such as software development, computer programming, software testing, games design, web development or database administration, digital support or digital infrastructure technician.

It can also lead to a career as a data technician, data analyst, and a long-term career goal in artificial intelligence and machine intelligence.

Throughout the two-year course, students will specialise in one of three pathways: Digital Support; Digital Infrastructure; or Data Technician.

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. They combine classroom theory, practical learning and a 315-hour (45-day) industry placement. This allows students real experience of the workplace.

The broad purpose of a digital support technician is to maximise the effective use of digital office technologies, productivity software and digital communications.

These will include collaborative technologies, and digital information systems. A Digital Support Technician will select one of the following two options:

A Digital Applications Technician (DAT) helps their organisation and its internal users to maximise the use of digital technologies. They help organisations adapt to and exploit changes in technology to meet objectives and maximise efficiency. They ensure effective use of digital office technologies, productivity software, digital communications, including collaborative technologies and digital information systems.

A Digital Services Technician (DST) supports external customers and clients through a wide variety of digital channels. A DST helps them access and receive services and provides coaching and support to them in their use of the digital systems. A DST will support external customers and clients to complete and submit data remotely. They will help them to diagnose and resolve problems with their access to and use of digital tools.

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Workington Town Deal Project

Workington Town Deal Project

The Digital Accelerator Hub is the first Town Deal project to be completed in the area.

On 27 July 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the Towns Fund would support an initial 101 places across England to develop Town Deal proposals, to drive economic regeneration and deliver long-term economic and productivity growth.

A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between government, the Lead Council and the Town Deal Board. It will set out a vision and strategy for the town, and what each party agrees to do to achieve this vision.

Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal also received accelerated funding last year for investment in capital projects that would have an immediate impact and help places “build back better” in the wake of Covid-19.