New £1 Million Fund Launched to Enhance the Digital Skills of Disadvantaged Groups – 28th October 2018 (England)

The Government has launched a new £1 million Fund to help people from underrepresented groups gain the skills they need to work in digital roles.  The fund which is open to bids from Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and combined Local Authorities will be used to help women, disabled people, people from minority backgrounds or those living in lower socioeconomic areas to succeed in digital roles such as data analysts, programmers, cyber security specialists, software developers and marketeers.

The Fund also aims to encourage collaborative working between LEPs, local government, voluntary sector, youth organisations, charities, employers and training providers to address local skills challenges and share good practice.

The funding which is being made available through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s Digital Inclusion Fund will provide grants of between £200,000 and £500,000.

The closing date for applications is the 28th October 2018.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport will also be launching a £400,000 Fund to help older and disabled people get life-changing digital skills. This fund will open in September. Innovative projects are expected to include the teaching of basic skills such as booking GP appointments online, using apps to communicate with friends and family, and making the most of search engines.

Useful Links:

Digital Skills Innovation Fund – Guidance for Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-funds-to-boost-diversity-of-people-working-in-digital-and-tech-jobs

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