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  • Ufi Charitable Trust - VocTech Challenge Impact Network & Grant Fund

    Created: 20/06/2024
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance
    This item will show under the following categories: Children and Families   Employability   Technology  

    This call is for projects that address the VocTech Challenge: Skills for an Economy in Transition programme. Ufi Charitable Trust are looking for bold, tech-led approaches to tackle one of three specific challenges:

    1. Employer integration: How can technology be used to integrate and reflect employers’ changing needs so that the skills of the available workforce better match the needs of local employers?
    2. Pathways into and within work: How can technology be used to increase the visibility, accessibility and uptake of pathways from learning into work, or from one type of work into another, particularly in regional growth sectors?
    3. Vocational language barriers: How can technology be used to support adults with in-demand vocational skills, but who don’t speak English as their first language, gain the employment-ready English required by employers?

    Successful applicants will each receive a grant. They will also join a network of organisations working alongside each other as part of an active, expert-led programme designed to create connections, share knowledge, test assumptions and accelerate adoption and deployment.

    Fund award sizes

    Minimum: £200,000

    Maximum: £250,000

    Who can apply

    They are open to applications from all types of organisations for this call. Projects must always explain clearly why they need Ufi funding to support their project and how Ufi’s charitable funding will make a difference.


    • Projects working with user groups who are already well served by mainstream provision: you need to show that this is new to the market
    • Speculative technologies developed in isolation of the user group: your users will be an integral part of the application
    • Ideas with no potential for scale or transformational change in the sector
    • Generic ‘coaching’ or motivational tools.
    • Generic mental health support solutions

    How to apply

    Apply online via the funder website.

    Ufi Charitable Trust is hosting a number of pre-application workshops which are available to book via their website.

    The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 08 July 2024.

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