New Funds to Boost Diversity of People Working in Digital and Tech Jobs – 28th October 2018 (England)

Now open for a new funding round, the £1 million Digital Skills Innovation Fund will help people from underrepresented groups gain the skills they need to work in digital roles.

Open for bids from Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Combined Authorities for initiatives which specifically aim to help people take up digital roles, the funding will target people from underrepresented groups with the aim of addressing local skills challenges. The funding 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.

Bids are expected to be between £200,000 and £500,0000 for up to 70% of the total cost of the initiative. Partnership bids from more than one LEP or combined authorities are welcomed.

An additional £400,000 will help older and disabled people get life-changing digital skills. Innovative projects funded will be 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.

This Round will close on 28th October 2018.

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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