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Fund to Improve Adult Learning through Technology - New Applications Invited

Funding is available for organisations across all sectors undertaking projects that use digital technology to develop new services or improve access and delivery of adult vocational learning in the UK.
By Sarah Pearce,
The VocTech Seed Fund provides funding for initiatives that can improve the accessibility and delivery of adult learning through the use of technology.

Funding will be offered to organisations undertaking projects that have the potential for using digital technology in novel and imaginative ways to develop new services or improve access or delivery of adult vocational learning. The programme will help supported ventures to develop their ideas into robust digital products or services.

Successful applicants can each expect to receive grant funding, typically of between £15,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting from three to twelve months.

Grants will fund the design, development and early stage testing of novel approaches to digital vocational learning; helping to take those ideas through basic prototyping to the next stage of 'seeding the market' by delivering a first proof of concept prototype and planning a route to market.

The scheme is suitable for early stage UK 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 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.

There will be two VocTech Seed calls in 2022. The first call is now open with a deadline for applications of 9 February 2022 (17:00 GMT).