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Developing digital talent in London

As part of Skills for Londoners, the Mayor’s Digital Talent Programme is investing £7 million to help young people get the right skills to fill digital, creative and technology occupations needed by every sector of London’s economy.

It will work by:

  • joining up education and training with industry
  • improving teaching in this area
  • establishing new courses and apprenticeships
  • and inspiring young people to gain the digital skills they need for success

Funding for skills providers - apply now

We have one funding opportunity open to skills providers:

Digital Skills Training

We're offering funding of up to £500,000 to help set up and provide new training opportunities for young people aged 16-24 years old to move into employment, education or training.

It will also fill the gap in digital, technology and creative jobs with diverse, ‘home-grown’ talent.

 

Digital Skills Training - Bootcamps

Please note: This call for applications has now closed.

We're offering funding for up to £100,000 to help skills providers setup and provide new, non-accredited ‘bootcamp’ (8-24 weeks) training opportunities.

 

More information

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there a specified amount, or percentage, of match funding that needs to be secured to support an application?

Evidence of match funding secured (including both cash and in-kind match funding) is required for all applications. Applicants do not have to meet a specified amount or percentage of match funding.

2. Can an applicant bid for revenue AND capital grant funding within the same bid, i.e. training AND equipment? 

Yes - Applicants can apply for up to £100,000 in grant funding and up to £125,000 in capital grant funding to support their delivery within the same bid. Applicants should include this information within their application form and delivery and costs template.

3. Is there a minimum amount that a single organisation can apply for?

There is no minimum amount that an organisation can apply for. Applicants are invited to submit a single proposal for up to a maximum of £100,000 in grant funding. Applicants can also apply for a maximum of £125,000 capital grant funding to support their delivery costs as identified in section 3 of the statement for requirements. In addition to this all applicants will be expected to submit due dilligence documentation as detailed in the statement of requirements, which will be reviewed by our finance team. This also helps determine the level of grant funding we can allocate to each organisation which may differ from the amount requested.

4. Can industry certifications be included as part of a proposal for delivering a  ‘non-accredited bootcamp’?

Industry certifications can be included as part of delivery if a rationale is provided and it is clear how these will prepare participants for desired employment and education outcomes.

5. Do the paid internships need to be in place and confirmed by a corporate or SME for 70% of our programme starters, before an application is submitted?

No, this is not requirement for the application. Applicants will need to provide a delivery plan detailing the key milestones, such as securing paid internships, which will be achieved during the lifetime of the project. This should include the start and end dates for each milestone.

6. Can training delivery be fully online?  

This funding round does not intend to support fully online delivery. It is not expected that the deliverables and objectives outlined in the statement of requirements can be delivered through this methodology. A fully in-person or blended learning approach to delivery would be preferable.

7. Can participants include those who are already in full time or part time education (e.g college/university students), and graduates as well?

The statement of requirements asks applicants to determine their eligibility criteria for participants and provide details for this in their application. Target participants are young people aged 18-24 years old. Participants should be qualified at level 3 or above (or demonstrate competencies and aptitude at equivalent of level 3). Applicants are expected to recruit a proportion of participants with the from specified equality groups.  Please refer to section 3.3 in the statement of requirements for more details around participants.

8. Does an applicant need to be an existing bootcamp in order to apply for this grant funding or can it be a proposal for a new bootcamp?

It is not a requirement that applicants run existing bootcamps.

9. Can the GLA provide a list of interested parties/potential bidders for applicants to explore collaboration with?

The GLA is not able to publish a list of interested parties/potential bidders to the programme. Applicants are expected to provide information of key partnership arrangements they have developed in order to support participants and achieve the desired outcomes.

10. What is the minimum duration for a full time boot camp and a part time bootcamp?

The minimum duration for full time and part time bootcamps are the same. Both should run for a minimum of 8 weeks.

11.  What is the minimum number of hours for weekly provision?

There is no minimum for the number of hours weekly training provision should consist of. Applications should provide a rationale for the structure of their proposed provision.

Some more info to help you apply
  • Overview of the Digital Talent Programme - this tells you what we want to achieve and what our plans are for the programme
  • Digital Skills report (with Tech Partnership) - this looks at what the most important skills training needs are for young Londoners looking to enter digital, technology and creative roles
  • Best practice guides on digital apprenticeships, produced with the Tech Partnership:
  1. Digital apprenticeship standards
  2. Engaging SMEs in digital apprenticeships
  3. Attracting under-represented groups to digital apprenticeships

LinkedIn Economic Graph

LinkedIn have created an Economic Graph for London that looks at technology skills in London’s labour market. It provides real time data such as the fastest employers of tech talent in the private and public sectors, and shows that London’s LinkedIn users have a comparative advantage to the rest of the UK in skills such as Cloud and Distributed Computing, Machine Learning and Software Code Debugging.

It also shows that London’s graduates on the LinkedIn platform have held Web Programming as the top tech skill for the past 3 years.

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While there are significant efforts to accurately express the information contained within the Economic Graph, including pertinent exclusions and caveats, it should be noted that all information is solely a reflection of LinkedIn member data.  The results are based on LinkedIn's network and rely heavily on members accurately and frequently updating their profiles.  As such, the results will not be fully representative of all those in London’s labour market. 

Stay up to date with Digital Talent

If you’re aged 16-24 and want to develop your skills, or a provider who wants to receive updates on the programme register your interest with us.