What is Ufi’s 2021 VocTech Challenge all about?
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:
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?
You can get involved with the Challenge by completing the sign-up form below.
We are using the Design Council’s ‘double diamond’ innovation framework, which consists of four distinct stages called discover, define, develop and deliver. In the discover stage, we are deliberately re-checking that our understanding of the VocTech world reflects reality. From there, we will bring our findings together into a series of problem statements/ opportunities (defining needs) in a Green Paper. From there, we will move into the develop stage by asking “how might we (or others that we work with) make a real difference in relation to these key themes?” Finally, we will choose the best of those ideas and seek to deliver them in pursuit of Ufi’s mission and the widest possible benefit.
VocTech Challenge timetable
Nov 2020 - Feb 2021
Engagement with partners and stakeholders to explore the landscape
Green Paper released for consultation
The Green Paper will define the areas for focus and confirm the problem we are looking to address
March - April 2021
Ideation Phase & Publish White Paper
Ufi will engage with partners and stakeholders to develop potential solutions. We will also publish a White Paper at the end of this phase which will set out what Ufi will do, what others are doing and key asks of the sector.
June 2021 onwards
Ufi will take forward the actions set out in the White Paper.