£100,000 worth of digital skills grants available

Successful bidders will be expected to recruit ‘digital champions’ to help improve the employment prospects of those looking for work.

Joe Lepper | 10th Sep 18
Digital skills

Digital skills grants totalling £100,000 are being made available to charities and other organisations to help improve the digital skills of unemployed people.

Five grants of £20,000 will be handed out by Clarion Futures, as part of its role as a partner with One Digital, the Big Lottery funded digital skills progamme.

Clarion Futures, which is part of Clarion Housing Group, is looking for organisations that are able to support people in building their digital skills and improve their employment prospects.

To help successful bidders carry out the work Clarion Futures has developed a screening tool, which can identify the digital skills needs of clients in their search for work.

Those undertaking this support work will also have the chance to come together to share learning and develop partnerships.

Digital champions to be recruited

A key aspect of the work is to recruit digital champions to be embedded into employment programmes to improve the digital skills of clients.

Over a 12-month period successful bidders will be expected to recruit at least 20 digital champions and support a minimum of 300 people.

“Despite essential digital skills recognised as playing a pivotal role in the advancement of employment prospects, little is known about the relationship between the two,” said Tanya Spence, One Digital Project Manager for Clarion Futures.

“This work is enabling us to learn more and as part of this funding we have developed a benchmark screening tool for organisations to use, and to be developed further through the partnerships formed.

“The funding partnership is also highly collaborative as organisations in receipt of grant funding work together to problems solve and discuss the challenges and impact of this work.”

Other One Digital partners include Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Age UK, Citizens Online and Digital Unite.

The deadline for applications is 1 October.