Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund

The £3m fund is a powerful collaboration between GMCA, DCMS and the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership bringing together employers and training providers to run innovative digital training schemes linked to skills shortage vacancies.

Round 1

Round 1 has now concluded and we are excited to announce the five successful projects, which will help over 200 Greater Manchester residents gain employment in the tech sector:

Name of Project Target Cohort Skill Area
Tech Returners 'Your Journey into Tech' Returners to tech and career changers Software Development
Generation Disadvantaged 18-25 year olds Cloud Engineering
QA Underemployed graduates, career changers & returners to tech DevOps
Tech Manchester ‘Women in Linux’ Women in Hulme, Whalley Range, Fallowfield and Moss Side Linux Engineers
We are Digital Unemployed: working with First Choice Homes Oldham Digital Marketing


Round 2 

Round 2 is open for applications. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2020.

All applications to the fund will need to be submitted through The Chest.

The documents below are for planning purposes only. They are available through The Chest as editable documents.

Useful information

Round 1 successful bids feedback

Round Two launch event presentation

What you should do now

• If you did not complete the register of interest form you are still eligible to apply for the funding. We would still advise you complete the register of interest form and return to so that we can provide advise and support.

• Sign up for an appointment at one of the optional drop in events

Lancashire - 17th December 2019 and 15th January 2020

GMCA - 18th December and 14th January 2020 

• Submit your application on The Chest by 31st January 2020.

For queries about the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund, please email

Round 2 timeline

4th November 2019

Registration of Interest opens.

21st November 2019

Registration of Interest closes.

Requests for one-to-one appointments will be actioned as Registration of Interests are submitted. After the deadline, we will introduce interested partners and issue invites to the engagement event, as appropriate. Brief feedback on any ideas will be shared.

29th November 2019

Fund formally opens for bids.

All documentation including the specification for the fund will be launched on the ProContract website.

4th December 2019

Round 2 Launch event, Bolton Whites Hotel

Drop ins

17th December 2019 and 15th January 2020 in Lancashire

18th December and 14th January 2020 at GMCA

Appointments will be available to discuss the process or the specification content for all interested in submitting bids.

31st January 2020 

All bids must be submitted on the chest.