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The £3m fund opens for applications on 25 June 2019 in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority area. 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.

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.
Register to attend the launch event on Tuesday 25th June where we will provide further help to facilitate the building of consortia: https://fasttrackfundgm.eventbrite.co.uk

For queries about the fund please email: FastTrackDigital@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk and to see full details visit GMCA’s website.

Phil Swan, CIO and Digital Strategy Lead, GMCA will be speaking at digitech19 at Manchester Central on 19th November