SCHOOL pupils in Bury are to benefit from a series of new projects to help boost their digital skills.

The Greater Manchester Digital Skills scheme will see more than 10,000 pupils in up to 200 secondary schools take part in a range of activities, including a digital assembly to spark excitement, a making and marketing session and a final challenge event to celebrate student’s achievements.

An award-winning programme will also aim to give 200 Year 8 girls skills and confidence to access careers in mentoring.

The programme is part of the Greater Manchester Digital Strategy which aims to put the region in the top five European digital city regions by 2020.

Councillor Sean Fielding, GMCA lead for education and skills said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Greater Manchester and the programme will reach over 10,000 pupils up to 200 schools. This in turn benefits all of us in the city-region and can contribute to us having a thriving economy with the right skills for jobs in the digital sector and opportunities for everyone.”