Background information

Context for the VocTech Seed Grant Fund

Improving UK skills through digital vocational learning

VocTech Seed sits within the ‘Making Change Now’ pillar of our strategy, Learning Without Walls: Beyond 2020. As part of our commitment to support the best technologies for adult vocational skills we look to enable organisations to develop and adopt innovative tech. We offer funding at early stages to enable people to focus on developing and designing products that are aimed at adult skills for work.

We use our funding to provide support for an early-stage idea, or to enable the testing or pilot of technology in a previously underserved or novel environment. This helps us to catalyse change in the ways tools and tech are developed - where adult vocational skills come first.

What kinds of organisations can apply?

The VocTech Seed is a grant fund suitable for early-stage businesses, smaller digital innovators and other organisations looking to test new digital approaches on a small scale.  It is also suitable for digital innovators currently working in other markets who can see opportunities to adapt their approach to vocational learning. It may be particularly useful to edtech businesses looking to expand their products and series to delivery to the VocTech market, and for businesses with expertise in their field, looking to scale-up using digital technologies.

However, it is open to all organisations, including charities, trade bodies, existing learning providers and employers who would like to test new approaches to using digital technology for vocational learning. Applications can be strengthened by demonstrating a collaborative approach, especially where employers and digital learning specialists are working together.

Most organisations we fund are UK-based.  We will consider applications from outside the UK if they can clearly demonstrate how they will address vocational learning challenges faced in the UK. We only fund projects that can demonstrate their impact in the UK.

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