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Digital innovation partnership to see Staffordshire get smart

A new emerging partnership will see people and businesses in Staffordshire join the county’s digital surge to improve lives and productivity.

Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire University will be working together to explore a range of opportunities to support a thriving local economy and improve people’s lives by making the most of the latest technology.

Schools are also set to benefit from the university’s Microsoft Digital Skills programme, which aims to improve learning and knowledge of students and teachers as well as creating digital apprenticeships. The university is renowned for its digital expertise and aims to create thousands of apprenticeships over the next decade, embedding digital skills to support the needs of local business.

As part of extending the university’s presence across Staffordshire, a hub for digital innovation will also be created in Stafford – supporting businesses and public service organisations in improving efficiency and driving down costs.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “Staffordshire University is at the forefront of the digital age and this partnership will ensure that county residents and businesses fully benefit from its expertise and leadership.

“Modern technology is helping to boost efficiency and transform how we work for the benefit of our residents. This partnership means that we can explore cutting edge technology and to think digital first wherever possible. Digital innovation will improve lives and productivity, leading to a healthier, happier and more prosperous county.

“This is an exciting development for our two organisations but more importantly for everyone in Staffordshire. We are fortunate to have this type of expertise here and look forward to building on this partnership to make this county a global digital leader.”

Through the partnership, the university will also look to support to develop innovative technology to support vulnerable families to interact better to avoid crisis and becoming reliant on public services.

Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Region) said “Staffordshire University has an outstanding heritage in technology, being one of the first institutions to offer computer science in the 1950s and leading the country in game design and esports today. As a connected university that is committed to improving people’s lives across the region and beyond it is vital that we use our expertise to bring new opportunities and a higher quality of life to people across Staffordshire.

“Our partnership with Staffordshire County Council, who are recognised as a leading local authority, will bring real benefits to local people and businesses across the region. It will see more joined-up support and digital technologies become a fundamental part of citizen’s lives. Staffordshire sits on the cusp of becoming a truly digital county and we are proud to be a part of it.”

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