Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund

The £3m fund opens for applications on the week commencing 8 July 2019 in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Lancashire LEP areas. Consortia of employers and training providers (including colleges and universities) can bid for between £50,000 and £180,000 to run innovative digital training schemes linked to skills shortage vacancies.

We are particularly looking for innovative creative projects that:

  • Design training that addresses industry digital skills shortages aligned with the GM Local Industrial Strategy; which prioritises; cyber security, broadcasting, content creation and media, software development, digital telecoms, fintech and e-commerce.
  • Address digital skills shortages in the Lancashire LEP area, including advanced IT or software skills of a technical nature including cyber skills and PHP programming, software development and engineering, digital skills for engineering and health innovation, and digital marketing.
  • Test flexible delivery models to ensure a range of people are able to access training; supporting career progression and diversifying the digital talent pipeline.
  • Test new partnerships between employers and training providers (including colleges and universities) that show the potential for longer-term sustainability and scalability.

What you should do now:

  • Employers and training providers should read the fund prospectus and start to consider what they would like to gain from the fund and what they can offer.
  • Those that might be interested in applying should start talking to potential partners now; collaboration between training providers and employers is essential. 

You can have a look at the slides shared at the launch events in Greater Manchester and Lancashire on 25 June. 

For queries about the fund please email: