CareerTech Challenge funded bold innovations to improve people’s working lives and unlock employment opportunities for the future. The programme is now closed but you can read all about the work we did below including the latest stories and learning from the innovators we supported.
That’s a wrap!
This month, we have completed all our work on the CareerTech Challenge and the programme is now closed. It’s been a fascinating journey, working throughout a pandemic to enable a brilliant group of innovators to develop solutions that best support workers who are most at risk from changes to the labour market.
Alongside our learning partners Learning and Work Institute, we have now published the programme evaluation report to highlight what works for adult online learning. The report includes 6 recommendations, ranging from having a clear line of sight to employment opportunities for the learner, to engaging learners through their preferences and bite-sized modular learning.
Alongside the main evaluation report, we have also published a series of case studies that highlight the diverse approaches taken by three innovators and the experiences of the learners they support. These include:
We’ve also been sharing the findings from our work with partners at the Department for Education who are continuing the great work with the National Skills Fund that aims to help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need .
You can see all the final reporting and other content here, this includes the final three innovators blogs.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to support workers to navigate the future labour market then please also explore Nesta’s recent reports from the Future Fit and Mapping Career Causeway projects.
This month, as we continue to wrap up the CareerTech Challenge, we have been spending lots of time supporting innovators and working with our evaluation partners Learning and Work Institute to bring together the insights and learning across the past 18 months.
We have published two more innovators blogs.
We have also published a new report focused on the hidden data that could boost the UK’s productivity and job market. Written by Learning and Work Institute, the report highlights the experiences of 20 of the innovators from the CareerTech Challenge who focused on building and testing new tools to make careers information, advice and guidance more accessible.
A new fund from Ufi VocTech Trust, is focused on how VocTech, digital tools for vocational learning, can solve real, practical problems for those who face the greatest barriers to vocational training and employment.
Applications will close on 29 July 2021, 17:00.
The Festival of Learning takes place next week and is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England. Their mission is to highlight the benefits of learning, celebrate achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives, and to encourage everyone to embrace lifelong learning.
The awards ceremony is on Tuesday 6 July at 18:00. You can sign up here.
This month, as we begin to wrap up the CareerTech Challenge, we have been spending lots of time supporting innovators to bring together their insights and learning across the past 18 months.
We have published two more innovators blogs.
As many of you will know, 17—23 May was Learning at Work Week. In this blog we look at what employers can do to encourage a culture of lifelong learning and how some of the CareerTech Challenge platforms can help.
In the next few weeks there are some great events coming up that focus on supporting workers to navigate the changing labour market.
In the coming months we will be publishing a range of outputs that reflect what has been achieved across the CareerTech Challenge programme. This will include:
You may also be interested in the Tools for a Rapid Recovery event on Thursday 13 May. This event will explore how well-placed innovative tools and services can impact the lives of individuals who have had their jobs and money affected by COVID-19. Bringing together thought leaders and frontline workers with innovators and entrepreneurs to discuss the issues thrown up by the pandemic around access to jobs and money. They will also offer some very practical and tangible methods, ideas and tools to tackle the very real issues encountered by so many across the UK - accessing jobs and money.
Event: Tools for a Rapid Recovery
Find out more about this event and register to attend here.
It’s been a busy month for the CareerTech Challenge with the prize winner and runner up announced, our programme showcase, and the publication of some brilliant tools. With the Prize coming to a close, we'll now be focusing on the ongoing evaluation of Fund innovators, and completing our research with Prize finalists - watch this space for future updates. In the meantime, here are our highlights from March:
The Changing World of Work
Join us on 23 March for this interactive half-day to unpack the ways in which innovation can help people to navigate the changing world of work.
"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