Back in November 2020, at our Ufi VocTech Showcase, the big challenge we foresaw was that the communities who are not traditionally well served by mainstream vocational skills and training provision, the focus of Ufi’s strategy, were probably more at risk than ever from being excluded from education and training and being able to access employment.In response, we kicked off the 2021 VocTech Challenge to explore, with an open mind, where Ufi can best use its resources to make change happen. This will be a major initiative for Ufi during 2021, the outcomes of which will help shape our activities for the coming years. But Ufi can’t do this on its own, so, using design thinking principles, we have set about on an exercise of co-creation across the VocTech community to address the following questions:
You can read about our progress so far in the Green Paper and White Paper below.
How can VocTech improve vocational outcomes for people most impacted by the digital divide and at greatest risk from the long-term impact of the pandemic on access to training and jobs? How do we then link those vocational skills to real employment opportunities?