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£13m investment to digital technology sector in Wales

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A £13m investment into the strategically important digital technology sector in Wales was launched on Tuesday 5th October by Lesley Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills.

The ‘strategically important sector’ of digital technology in Wales is described as ‘software development’.

Led by Swansea University, and delivered in partnership with Glamorgan, Bangor, Aberystwyth and Wales Trinity Saint David Universities, the Software Alliance Wales (SAW) will benefit individuals and throughout West Wales and the Valleys.

SAW will target support to ICT businesses and professionals working in the industry to ensure they keep abreast of the rapid pace of technological developments. It also aims to increase higher-level ICT skills across all business and industry sectors.

It has been forecast that if businesses fully exploit ICT, over the next seven years the Welsh economy could benefit to the tune of £1.4bn.

The Deputy Minister said the digital economy was a central element of the Assembly Government’s new Economic Renewal programme and offered businesses across Wales opportunities to innovate and grow.

“We will be launching Digital Wales later this year – a framework to create a truly digital nation – so I am particularly pleased to launch Software Alliance Wales which supports this vision.

“Software Alliance Wales will exploit new technologies, support employers and practitioners in the software sector to identify and address skills needs to drive forward the knowledge economy.

“ICT and the creative industries are priority sectors with the potential to make a major contribution to the knowledge economy in Wales.

“It is, therefore, vital that its workforce has the skills to succeed and that businesses are equipped with the skills to maximise opportunities presented by new technology.”

A key part of the project is the creation of a recognised ICT Continuous Professional Development programme for professionals to acquire new skills in the latest emerging technologies.

The project will also help businesses to gain Accredit UK certification, a quality benchmark recognised throughout the UK designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of companies.

SAW will also offer students the chance to undertake collaborative ICT based development projects within SMEs to improve their learning while providing knowledge and expertise for the businesses involved.

Source: Welsh Assembly Government

Communities 2.0 is a Welsh Assembly Government project which helps community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Wales to benefit from technology. For more information , visit www.clickconnectdiscover.org

Written by C Kenzie

October 11, 2010 at 8:38 am

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