Cheshire Digital Skills academy now open

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Launched at the Riverside Innovation Centre on Friday by the Town Crier, the Cheshire Digital skills academy is the brainchild of experienced digital skills teachers Jayne Muspratt and Bev Cowperthwaite.

Town Crier and Chris Matheson MP launched the new venture

Bev Cowperthwaite, with 14 years experience as an FE tutor, and who also writes children books under the pen name Evelyn Winters says that the academy will be offering  Microsoft Office packages as well as bespoke custom packages to companies and individuals. Training will be offered across Word, Powerpoint, databases, spreadsheets and even online publishing.

Co founder Jayne Muspratt, a college teacher for 17 years says that the aim is to  “upskill individuals and companies to make sure that Cheshire is the most digitally skilled county in the country. We will be providing training at all levels right up from basic to advanced.” The Riverside Innovation Centre located at the University’s Riverside campus, formerly county Hall, offers start up business space and Jan is thankful for their support.

“We approached the centre and said we were lookin for office space and they have been really helpful with Cheshire and Warrington Business growth, to actually give us training that we were weak. They have given us a huge amount of support , Jane Vernon especially. ”

One person who has benefited from digital skills training is childrens author and broadcaster Annie Holland ( ) author of the Stella the Stork series.  “I have a new book out called All at Sea, which Bev has helped me to put into digital format. She taught me how to use a computer!  I couldn’t have got my work out without their help, Bev taught me how to use a publisher”.

For a list of courses, prices and how to enrol visit

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