The UFI Charitable Trust (Ufi), which aims to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce, has announced that its VocTech Seed fund has re-opened for applications.
VocTech Seed offers grants of up to £50,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months. UFI will be looking for innovative ideas that use digital technology for vocational learning. As the name suggests, VocTech Seed is intended to support innovative and creative projects at a relatively early stage of development. It aims to enable new ideas to reach a point where they can demonstrate their potential to customers or funders and reach the market.
Ufi is also particularly keen to support projects which 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.
As part of the launch, the UFI Charitable Trust will be hosting a number of workshops and webinars for potential applicants.
There is a two-stage application process. The closing date for stage-1 applications is the 13th February 2020. Applicants successful at this stage will have from the 19th March to the 9th April to submit their stage-2 applications.