Digital Skills

Workforce for the Future 
Drive your business forward

Workforce for the Future is a free service that will help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to identify and address their skills needs, by upskilling and retraining employees, or supporting them to source and bring in new staff to drive their business forwards. 


By registering interest with UWE Bristol you will not only benefit from our digital expertise, analysis & training, but also have an opportunity to access free support in other areas from a range of West of England project partners including the WECA (West of England Combined Authority) Growth Hub. 

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What Support is Available?

As part of our diverse offer, we'll show you how to harness the power of digital with in-depth 1:1 support with expert advisors. Across the programme, your business and your employees will be able to access a bespoke combination of support via the below strands: 

Digital Health Check

  • Business, operational and digital needs analyses 

  • Assessment report & action plan 

  • Employee Skills Assessments to identify gaps 

Digital Skills Training

  • Structured learning opportunities catered to your needs 

  • In depth workforce training for specific skillsets, tools or technology 

  • From short, online courses for staff, to in-depth leadership programmes and accredited learning

Digital Consultancy 

  • SMEs with a more complex digital need will be able to request consultancy support 

  • Understand your challenge or opportunity and work with our Digital Consultants to find the best approach for your business 

  • Our Digital Consultants will be drawn from our academic, student and external consultant networks 

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Information Pack

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The scheme is open to SMEs from any industry that have a business presence in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset).  

Request a Call Back

Register your details and one of our expert team will be in touch with you to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you can email us directly by contacting 

UWE Bristol is delivering Workforce for the Future on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority. If it is determined that your development needs do not fit with the digital enhancement opportunities available at UWE Bristol, you will be referred to the West of England Combined Authority Growth Hub, who will refer you to a more suitable partner.