CareerTech Challenge: Monthnotes

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CareerTech Challenge: Monthnotes

CareerTech Challenge funds bold innovations to improve people’s working lives and unlock employment opportunities for the future.

Now that most of our innovators have their digital platforms up and running with users testing out content and features, we’re excited to update you each month on the latest stories and learning from CareerTech Challenge.

December

  • As we come to the end of the year, it’s proving difficult to write something that encapsulates the past 12 months. We’ve undergone speedy digital transformation, worked with - not against - employers facing difficult decisions about redundancy, and above all put our beneficiaries at the heart for what we are trying to achieve. We’ll continue to do this into the next year as we figure out what’s worked and what hasn’t, speak more publicly about our work, and celebrate the success of all our innovators.
  • In other news, CareerEar have been doing a series of free online interviews with key figures on skills development and careers advice called the Skills Series, you can check out the latest one here! Claudine Adeyemi also contributed to Channel 5's special report on access to finance for black people as consumers and as business owners.
  • Our innovators have provided some timely optimism while blogging this month. Stay Nimble registered their 6000th member this month. You can read about the journey of Tahmoor, one of those members, and how Stay Nimble helped him get his first job in the UK in this blog. We also love Lucy Griffiths’ (CEO of SortYourFuture.com) blog on what they’ve learned about the hopes, values and aspirations of workers during the pandemic.
  • We are excited to have partnered with GMB Union to give union members special access to five of our eLearning platforms.
  • And finally, we were delighted to be able to attend the first meeting for the re-instated APPG for the Future of Work. It was great to hear Saadia Zahidi from the World Economic Forum call for more online learning opportunities, and funding for local or community support to help people get into better work.

November 2020

  • One of the main focuses for our team this month has been getting our learning platforms to people who need them. Have a read of our blog on how to participate, and share far and wide!
  • Earlier in November we attended lots of virtual workshops for Lifelong Learning Week. Our evaluation partners, Learning and Work Institute kicked off the week presenting research on adult learning in lockdown:
Learning through lockdown
  • This month we’re also beginning to look ahead to March 2021 and think about how we might celebrate our innovators and share everything that we’ve learnt. As we can’t bring everyone together in person, we’re brainstorming how to discuss, debate and disseminate virtually. Suggestions welcome!
  • The prize finalist behind CiCi, the career advice chatbot, have integrated the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s course directory into the LMI for All open API - meaning developers can now integrate course searches into their website and applications.
  • In great news for the data fan club among our innovators, Rhys has set up a partnership with Adzuna, the job search site. Adzuna is sharing a historical job ad dataset with our cohort to allow innovators to test their platforms with real data.
  • We’ve also been inspired by the Festival of Learning’s adult learning award winners. Stories like these remind us why our work is so important and make us focus on the people we are supporting, not just the platforms.

"Award winners highlight the vast array of people who gain so much from learning as adults. Their stories truly inspire all of us."

Festival of Learning 2020

October 2020

  • In our user engagement strategies workshop earlier this month Nassin quizzed experts from Prize finalists, CareerChat and FutureFitAi. We explored the effectiveness of user agency when designing UI, the importance of weak ties when reaching out to potential B2B or B2G customers, and the significance of highly personalised and localised information being available to users.
CareerTech User Engagement Workshop
  • Leap and Citizen Literacy entered Beta testing, while Career Skills for the 2020s started the pilot course and Game Academy delivered a bootcamp for 100 learners.
  • Liz gave a keynote about CareerTech Challenge at a TUC event to over 100 people about learning in the digital age and the skills needed for the future of work.
  • Co-Founder of Digital Mums (fund innovator), Kathryn Tyler, interviewed Future Skills Bootcamp graduate, Lizzie, to an audience of 620 people on Facebook Live. While Lizzie was on furlough she took the course and built confidence in digital and workplace skills. Another course graduate, Dana, also tells her story of how the course helped her in overcoming nerves to become a lifelong learner.

Posted by Digital Mums on Thursday, October 1, 2020
  • DMH Associates (prize finalist) hosted their virtual ‘Evolving Education & Careers’ conference, with a packed agenda exploring career learning, the need for digital transformation (including a showcase of their chatbot, CiCi) and an exploration of the importance of achieving diversity and inclusion in the workforce.
  • Reading RSA’s recent report Work and automation in the time of Covid-19 really brought home the colossal impact that both automation and the pandemic will have on the future workforce. Their policy calls for targeted support, transition services, and upskilling mirroring our own manifesto for the future of work, Precarious to Prepared.

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Nassin Watson

Nassin Watson

Nassin Watson

Programme Coordinator

Nassin is a Programme Coordinator at Nesta Challenges.

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Liz North

Liz North

Liz North

Programme Manager

Liz is the Programme Manager for the CareerTech Challenge Fund.

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Emma Selinger

Emma Selinger

Emma Selinger

Assistant Programme Manager

Emma is an Assistant Programme Manager for the CareerTech Challenge.

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Sarah Mcloughlin

Sarah Mcloughlin

Sarah Mcloughlin

Senior Programme Manager

Sarah is a Senior Programme Manager.

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Amy Solder

Amy Solder

Amy Solder

Interim Head of New Operating Models

Amy works in the Education team.

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Rhys Herriott

Rhys Herriott

Rhys Herriott

Programme Manager, CareerTech Challenge Prize

Rhys is a Programme Manager at Nesta Challenges, with a particular focus on the future of work.

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Jack Orlik

Jack Orlik

Jack Orlik

Programme Manager, Open Jobs

Jack is the Programme Manager for Open Jobs.

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