Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund

The Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund, which was developed to address locally identified digital skills gaps, is a joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP).

The Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund provides accessible pathways into digital careers for underrepresented groups. These programmes come with guaranteed interviews for jobs in the region in specialist tech roles such as DevOps, Data Analysts, Cloud Engineers or Digital Marketers.

Nine projects from across Greater Manchester and Lancashire were successful in receiving funding from the Department for Education Digital Bootcamp trailblazers, as part of the third round of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund. These projects will deliver training programmes to fast track over 400 residents into a specialist digital role, and will upscale the existing Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund involving over 800 residents.

Greater Manchester and Lancashire residents are invited to apply for these free digital skills training programmes, which are now open for applications as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund.

If you are interested in a career in the digital or tech sector then these FREE training courses might be what you are looking for. The nine digital skills training programmes currently open for applications are: 

Digital Boost- from We are Digital

 Digital Boost is a 12 week digital marketing course, delivered online by experts in social media and marketing. Designed to help fill the digital skills gap, the course aims to provide diverse and excluded communities with higher-level digital marketing skills and the confidence they need to gain higher paid roles in digital industries.

Find out more and register for Digital Boost

Raytheon Cyber Academy – from Raytheon Professional Services with employer partners, Morson Projects, Bridge IT and Salford City Council

The Raytheon Cyber Academy will deliver the entry skills & knowledge essential for a junior Cyber Security Technologist. This includes two globally recognised technical qualifications, combined with wider personal and professional skills. The training course is provided via a range of flexible options, to suit any applicant looking to build a new career in Cyber Security.

The Cyber Academy welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, age 19 and upwards, from Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Find out more and apply for the Raytheon Cyber Academy

IN4.0 Talent Academy- from IN4.0

The IN4.0 Talent Academy will deliver a 12 weeks intensive programme where participants will gain a blend of technical, sales and personal skills and accreditations from Amazon Web Services. The Talent Academy will also help fast-track candidates through the recruitment process by setting up interviews for course participants with responsible employers who are looking for leaders of the future.

Find out more and register your interest

BuzzStart Talent from BuzzStart

Talent is a free, 12-week work experience and training programme designed to fast-track women (19+) into full-time employment with partner employers from across Lancashire & Greater Manchester. Participants will learn about Digital Marketing, Innovation and Leadership in a remote classroom and put their new skills and learning into practice in a virtual simulated social enterprise, "Digital Skills for Women CIC."

Find out more and apply  

Your Return to Tech- from Tech Returners

The Return to Tech programme is an 8 week part-time course, offering the UK’s only fully accessible up-skilling route back into technology. The programme supports participants with the development of the technical and personal skills needed to re-enter the sector and prepare them for the right role for them.  The Return to Tech programme combines industry leading knowledge replicating real commercial environments, alongside career development and support from expert coaches. 

Find out more and sign up

Digital Employment Programmes- from Generation

Generation will be running two Digital Employment programmes for 19-29 year olds from Greater Manchester and Lancashire who want to enter the digital sector.  Graduates of both programmes will be connected with hiring employers and we will help to arrange interviews.

  • Data Engineering – A 12 week techncial programme covering both the soft and technical skills required to be successful in a role such as Junior Data Engineer.  Students will also enhance their employabilty through CV and portfolio workshops plus guidance on networking and interviews.  The course will include a considerable amount of coding and we will therefore sign post students to explore some basic coding during the application process.

Find out more and apply for this course

  • Digital Customer Success – A 5 week tech based customer service programme where students will develop their customer service skills in the context of a digital and tech based role.  This will involve learning new technical skills, plus probem solving and customer service.  Students will enhance their employability through CV / portfolio creation and interview skills.

Find out more about this course

DevOps Bootcamp- from QA

The DevOps Bootcamp is a 12-week, intensive course which will give participants the opportunity to take an industry-recognised certification in either AWS, GCP or Microsoft Azure. Course participants will benefit from support, soft skills training and mentoring as well as support from a recruitment manager who with help them to secure job interviews for local technical roles.

Apply for the DevOps Bootcamp

Blackburn Rovers Digital Bootcamp- from Blackburn Rovers Football Club

The Blackburn Rovers Digital Bootcamp is a 12-week Instagram marketing course designed by industry experts to help participants develop their digital skills and grow their own start-up business or personal brand.

Find out more and apply for the Digital Bootcamp

AudioFORM- from Reform Radio

AudioFORM is a 12-week training programme focusing on all aspects of audio production including; podcasting, sound design, production, studio engineering, editing and radio drama. The training is led by industry professionals and gives hands on experience for anyone wanting to access a career in audio. 

Get in touch to find out more and apply for the programme


Read more about previous Fast Track Fund Recipients 

Read our Fast Track Fund case studies