Survey: new digital courses for SMEs


A new project to help fill digital skills gaps is seeking feedback from Small/Medium Enterprise (SMEs) to develop short courses so that those courses fill a more accurate need.

The Meeting Smart Specialisation business needs through higher level skills (SSHLS) project is a partnership project, led by University of Exeter, involving Falmouth University, Truro & Penwith College, Cornwall College and University of Plymouth. As part of the SSHLS Project focusing on the Digital Economy Smart Specialisation sector, Falmouth University will use its experience of successfully developing & delivering online short courses to launch eight new, co-developed short courses focused on digital subjects and designed for completion wholly online.

The exact content of courses & duration will follow consultation with SMEs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

How can you help?

Paul Short-Hurst, ESF Business Skills & Innovation Project Officer, explains:

“If you are an SME from within Cornwall and the IoS and are looking to engage further within the Digital Smart Specialisation sector, then we would like you to help us with the research phase of our project.

“These courses will be a fantastic opportunity for businesses such as yourself to provide CPD training for new employees as well as upskill existing staff in Higher Level Digital Skills. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to network and share best practise with similar businesses from Cornwall and beyond through a supported peer to peer learning environment.

“Before we can begin to identify the courses and enter the development stage, it is key that we understand what the industry need is and skills gaps within your company.

“As a SME business from within Cornwall we would really appreciate your feedback to help us identify this and to support the project.┬áTherefore, I am hopeful that you will be willing to partake in a very quick online survey.”

To complete the survey via mobile, you can access via selecting your camera app on your Smart Phone and point the Camera at the QR Code below.

Then follow the on-screen instructions at the top of your phone.



Alternatively, you can access the survey via computer by following this link here:

The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete.

Any questions or issues regarding accessing or completing the survey please contact