GLA ESF 2014-2020 CO-FINANCING PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION DIGITAL SKILLS TRAINING

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GLA ESF 2014-2020 CO-FINANCING PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION DIGITAL SKILLS TRAINING

Introduction

Digital Skills Training (the project) forms part of strand 2 of the Mayor’s Digital Talent programme1, which aims to increase the quality and volume of industry-led digital training opportunities for young people aged 16-24 years old who reside in London. It is intended to plug a growing talent gap in digital, technology and creative entry-level occupations with diverse, ‘homegrown’ talent.

For further information on priorities for entry-level digital skills needs in Greater London please see “Priorities for Entry- Level Digital Skills Needs in Greater London”2

Project Aim and objectives

This project aims to equip more young Londoners for employment in London’s increasingly digital economy. To achieve this, the project will provide a total of £2 million grant funding towards new non-accredited digital training opportunities that lead to sustained employment, or new education and training pathways for young people aged 16-24 years old who are at risk of NEET ‘Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)’, or who are currently NEET.

The European Social Fund guidance categorises these cohorts as follows; At Risk of NEET are ‘inactive’ (CO03); NEET are ‘unemployed’ (CO01) or ‘economically inactive not in education or training’ (CO04)

For this project, ‘At risk of NEET’ will be as verified by the individual’s Local Authority of residence in accordance with their list of characteristics, or by the individual’s learning establishment.

Digital training opportunities designed for these cohorts must be at the equivalent of level 3 and above and can include units of accredited qualifications at and above NVQ Level 3, but cannot provide a full qualification. Setup and delivery of training opportunities funded by this project should support an increase in the number of available apprenticeship employment pathways in digital, technology and creative occupations, where appropriate.

Curriculum and delivery proposals will be reviewed by industry through a Digital Labs3 process after grant funding has been awarded.

The project objectives are:

Engage young people aged 16-24 who are at risk of NEET or currently NEET with a focus on women and BAME, see section 7.5 for minimum targets.

Support young people aged 16-24 who are at risk of NEET or currently NEET through training and activities to increase their chances of accessing long-term sustained employment in digital, technology and creative  entry-level occupations.

Support young people aged 16-24 who are at risk of NEET or currently NEET into sustained employment for 26 weeks (including progression to apprenticeship employment pathways).

Support young people aged 16-24 who are at risk of NEET or currently NEET to enter new education or training pathways (where appropriate)

Examples of the types of training opportunities that could be funded include:

New pre-apprenticeship training that leads to an Apprenticeship/Higher Apprenticeship employment pathway

New short, non-accredited “bootcamp” style courses (up to 12 weeks maximum)

Work placements and in-house training delivered in collaboration with employers with digital/technology/creative  talent needs

Other skills training as proposed, suitable for the target cohorts

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/business-and-economy/skills-and-training/developing-digital-talent-london#acc-i-48349

Deadline: 28/07/2017

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