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Digital Skills Academy

Looking for a new career in the digital sector or wishing to enhance your skills so you can advance your career in the digital sector?

NWSLC is pleased to announce that we have received funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the establishment of an IT & Digital Training Academy in Coventry City Centre. The academy will be located at Coventry University Technology Park and will provide support to employers in addressing the digital skills gap in the region and to inspire individuals towards a rewarding career in this growing sector.

The academy will offer a range of courses and apprenticeships, which will allow individuals to explore digital career opportunities and progress through a pathway of qualifications leading to apprenticeships and real-live job opportunities. We will be working closely with employers to ensure that our offer suits their requirements and supports them in filling vacancies with people with the right skill sets.

The Digital Training Academy expects to be offering its full range of courses in the near future.


The West Midlands is a key national centre for the tech and digital sector

Tech and digital is the fifth largest sector in the West Midlands economy with nearly 14,000 tech and digital businesses in 2016, 5% of the national total and more than any other combined authority area in the country.

Digital is vital to the continued success of the West Midlands economy because it is the golden thread across all industries which will provide jobs in the twenty-first century. Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

The courses on offer will give you the opportunity to explore if a career in the digital sector is right for you. We can also provide you with courses to give you the right qualifications to get started in your career, or advance your career if you are already employed in the digital sector.

As a pre-launch activity for the IT & Digital Training Academy, we are able to offer a number of free courses with an immediate start.*


*To qualify for a free course, applicants need to be aged 19 or over and live in the West Midlands area (subject to postcode and residency checks). If you do not meet these requirements, contact us and we can discuss other potential funding options. Please check the eligibility section below. For employers requiring groups of staff to be trained, contact us to discuss potential group discounts.



The eligible areas for free CompTIA courses are dark blue on the map. If you live near the boundary of any of these towns, get in touch and we can check your eligibility for you. If you don’t meet the criteria, you can still apply for the course, but you will need to pay the fee displayed on the course page.


The courses are available online, designed to fit around your personal needs and/or the needs of your employer. You will be provided with online resources and allocated an assessor to support you through your qualification and prepare you for the final exam. Exam costs are also free of charge for eligible applicants as described above. You can choose to complete the courses in your own time and from home (PC and access to WI-FI required ) or we can accommodate groups of learners at employer premises.