The UFI Charitable Trust (Ufi), which aims to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce, has announced that the next funding round under its VocTech Seed will open on the 15th January 2019.
VocTech Seed is intended to support innovative and creative projects at a relatively early stage of development enabling new ideas to reach a point where they can demonstrate their potential to customers or funders and reach the market.
Grants of up to £50,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months are available for innovative ideas that use digital technology for vocational learning.
Eligible applicants include early stage businesses, smaller digital innovators and other organisations looking to test new digital approaches on a small scale. Charities, trade bodies, existing learning providers and employers can also apply. It is also suitable for digital innovators currently working in other markets who can see opportunities to adapt their approach to vocational learning. It may be particularly useful to Edtech businesses looking to expand their products and series to delivery to the Voctech market.
Ufi is particularly keen to support projects that:
- Will have long term impact on employers, communities of learners or sectors which cannot easily access current provision because of industry or market conditions, past learning history or other factors.
- Show the potential to have a real impact in the world of vocational learning, and to ultimately make a difference to how people learn and to the number of people gaining new skills.
- Offer high quality, innovative solutions that are flexible and adaptable to future change; are cost effective and could improve business efficiency.
- Improve outcomes for learners and improve the quality of vocational teaching and training.
Stage One of this two-stage application process will close on the 8th February 2019 at 5pm.
Stage 2 will open 11th March and close at 5pm on the 5th April 2019. Funding decisions are expected to be announced by the 31st May 2019.