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The Scottish Funding Council’s Regional Tertiary Pathfinder programme has supported the development of an interactive map of digital skills courses in the South of Scotland.

The South of Scotland’s Digital Pathfinder, a collaborative project between Dumfries and Galloway College and Borders College under SFC’s Regional Tertiary Pathfinders, has developed an innovative interactive map showcasing the digital skills provision available across the region. Employers in the South of Scotland are now able to find digital skills training with just a few clicks thanks to this investment from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the work of Digital Pathfinder stakeholders.

The SFC Regional Tertiary Pathfinder programme has been working closely with regional partners in the South of Scotland to test new ways of responding to priorities for the regional and national economy. These include collaborations between colleges, universities, regional stakeholders and employers. As a product of this initiative, the digital skills map showcases the excellent work being done.

With an enviable choice of digital skills training and development at many levels, South of Scotland employers can have difficulty in selecting the right resources for their businesses. The Digital Skills Provision Map makes things much simpler and easier to navigate by bringing everything together in one place.

The map has been created jointly by Dumfries and Galloway and Borders colleges working with organisations including Business Gateway, Skills Development Scotland and South of Scotland Enterprise. It will be updated every year so employers always have access to the most up-to-date information available.

Jacqui Brasted, Interim Director of Access, Learning and Outcomes at the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“Digital skills are a vital part of businesses’ ability to increase their productivity and remain competitive. I am delighted that our funding, which is part of our wider Pathfinder programme, has been instrumental in creating a great new resource for businesses in the South of Scotland.”

Jane Morrison-Ross, Chief Executive Officer, South of Scotland Enterprise, said:

“This new Digital Skills Provision Map is an excellent tool for businesses and enterprises in the South of Scotland to access the right digital training for their staff.

“The launch of the new pathway map has been a collaborative effort amongst our region’s skills providers, with the collective aim of helping people across the South to grow and thrive, both now and in the future.”