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The City of Liverpool College is set to open the country’s first dedicated digital academy, offering young people coding, software development and a range of digital skills including online marketing and games design.

The new £2.5m academy, which opens in September, will occupy two floors of the College’s Myrtle Street campus and will be equipped with the very latest digital technology and software.

Students and apprentices at the new academy can pursue a range of qualifications, from level one right through to higher degree level, with student numbers in the School of Computer Science and Digital expected to grow from around 300 up to 500.

Elaine Bowker, principal and chief executive of The City of Liverpool College, said: “This investment means we will be better equipped than ever to deliver a pipeline of young people with the essential skills for businesses in the 21st century.

“It is a signal of our focus on providing skills and qualifications that meet the needs of businesses and which directly contribute to the city region’s economic growth ambitions.”

Paul Hollywood, product development director for Liverpool-based entertainment and technology company, Starship, said the sector needed to develop the skills required for ever-changing technological advances.

He explained: “This development will enable us to nurture the best talent to help us maintain and build the city region as a global force in technology and software, with a talent pool that will attract companies in the sector and help in the creation of new businesses.”

The academy is part funded through the Liverpool City Region Skills Capital Investment Fund, which is part of the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

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