A TIMELY boost has been secured by business leaders in Lancashire to help with the digital skills revolution.

The red rose county has been awarded £261,000, from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), at the behest of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Dished out from the Digital Skills Innovation Fund, the cash is geared towards portions of the workforce who may have missed out on the technological change of pace.

County enterprise chiefs were the first to roll out a Local Digital Skills Partnership last April and they already have designed how the grant, just one of four nationwide, will be administered.

Kerry Harrison, Lancashire's Digital Skills Partnership co-oordinator, said: "This funding will give Lancashire’s rapidly growing digital skills programme a massive boost and it will help us embed more training and support into communities who may otherwise struggle to access such provision.

"This will be achieved through a range of tailored, innovative and targeted interventions which will be specific to the audiences we are trying to help.”

New projects will include an IT training scheme for disadvantaged areas and a digital marketing initiative for under-represented groups.