CareerTech Challenge Fund: call for solutions

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Aims/priorities: Do you have a digital solution that could help people feel more confident in navigating the changing world of work?

Nesta are providing a £2.8 million funding pot and a tailored package of support for innovative tech solutions that motivate adults and support them so they are able to learn new skills and retrain.

Grants are available for innovative tech solutions that can build career adaptability skills and / or motivation to learn for people who are most vulnerable to workforce changes.

Those in roles most susceptible to change often lack the access to support and opportunities for further learning. Solutions must be delivered within existing online learning courses and be relevant and impactful for the target beneficiary group.

The innovative tech solutions Nesta are seeking to support will need to be delivered within the context of an existing (or adapted) online course of 15-50 hours that builds core skills such as communication, numeracy or digital skills. This means people involved will be able to build a sense of agency to navigate the changing job market, at the same time as improving on skills employers are looking for.

For this Fund, innovative tech solutions to build career adaptability skills and / or motivation to learn must be targeted to people who are most vulnerable to workforce changes. T

arget beneficiaries are:

• Located in England

• Working in roles most susceptible to change due to automation

• Employed, self-employed or working part time in England •

Aged 24-65 years old •

Without a qualification at degree level

• Earning below £35,000 per annum

Who can apply? UK registered companies / charities Grant amount: Grants of between £100,000 – £250,000 are available. In addition to the equity free grant funding, successful applicants will receive support to test their approach, design with target audiences in mind, refine their business model and connect with investors and potential buyers.

Application process: There is an online application form

Deadline: 9 December 2019, 2pm

Contact information: Email: [email protected]

Website address: www.nesta.org.uk/project/careertech-challenge/careertech-challenge-fund-callsolutions/