Do you have a digital solution that could help people feel more confident in navigating the changing world of work? We’re providing a £2.8 million funding pot and a tailored package of support for innovative tech solutions that motivate adults and support them so they are able to learn new skills and retrain.
Grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 are available for innovative tech solutions that can build career adaptability skills and / or motivation to learn for people who are most vulnerable to workforce changes.
Those in roles most susceptible to change often lack the access to support and opportunities for further learning.
Solutions must be delivered within existing online learning courses and be relevant and impactful for the target beneficiary group.
The innovative tech solutions we are seeking to support will need to be delivered within the context of an existing (or adapted) online course of 15-50 hours that builds core skills such as communication, numeracy or digital skills. This means people involved will be able to build a sense of agency to navigate the changing job market, at the same time as improving on skills employers are looking for.
Innovative tech solutions to build career adaptability skills and / or learner motivation could involve:
The tech solution doesn’t have to be completely new to the world, but it does need to be a breakthrough for this sector and / or to the target beneficiary group. This is particularly important given the current lack of online learning opportunities for people in lower skilled roles with fewer qualifications.
We actively welcome partnerships for this Fund, given the requirement for digital solutions to be embedded within existing online courses that build core skills.
In addition to to £250,000 equity-free grant funding, successful applicants will receive support to test their approach, design with target audiences in mind, refine their business model and connect with investors and potential buyers.
For this Fund, innovative tech solutions to build career adaptability skills and / or motivation to learn must be targeted to people who are most vulnerable to workforce changes. Target beneficiaries are:
Applicants need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply:
We are unable to support:
Apply to the CareerTech Challenge Fund by 2pm 9th December 2019.
We will use five assessment criteria applications:
Shortlisted applicants will be informed in January 2020 and will need to attend a development day in London on Thursday 30th January 2020 and selection day in February 2020, also in London.
Successful applicants will be informed in late February 2020.
Apply to the CareerTech Challenge Fund
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