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Digital skills boost for Knowle West mums thanks to £40,000 grant

Main Image: Metro Mayor Dan Norris with participants on the Connector Programme at KWMC The Factory – funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).

A group of local mums from Knowle West Children’s Centre are learning new digital and design skills thanks to a £40,000 investment by the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority.

The women are being trained to operate high-tech equipment including 3D printers and laser cutters at new courses at Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) The Factory – based at Filwood Green Business Park.

They were visited this week by Metro Mayor Dan Norris who was impressed that with employers struggling fill a third of vacancies requiring important digital skills – everyone on the course will be put in touch with local firms looking for staff with these key skills.

The women will also have the opportunity to experiment, prototype and test ideas for their own projects.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris with staff from KWMC The Factory. Left to right, Dani Hale, Chris Ingram and Jess Linington.

Mr Norris said: “This means the current crop of Knowle West learners will be in an excellent position to find good-quality jobs in areas such as 2D and 3D design.

“I had a fantastic time visiting Knowle West Media Centre. I saw how local people are manufacturing everything from beautiful, engraved bookmarks to full-sized homes.

“The skills local residents are learning here are needed right across the region, in construction, manufacturing, TV and film. The Mayoral Authority I lead is determined to make sure talented West of England people get high-skilled jobs.”