New funding for digital skills

22 Feb 2019


More than £300,000 of funding is now available for organisations that can support local basic digital skills learning. Applications are open now, for two weeks only, closing on Friday 8 March.

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The Future Digital Inclusion programme is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by national social change charity Good Things Foundation through the Online Centres Network. It’s is aimed at supporting those who are hardest to reach to gain digital skills, with a special focus on unemployed people, people on a low income or people with a disability.

The programme has already helped more than a million people improve their digital skills since 2014, ensuring they’re able to use the internet to access information, services and jobs. But with more than 11 million people still without the skills to take full advantage of the internet, there more hard word to be done.

Future Digital Inclusion is the largest digital inclusion programme in the UK and also addresses the isolation faced by those still offline - 82% of people supported so far were facing at least one barrier to social inclusion (unemployment, poverty, low skills or disability).

Since 2014 however, almost 90% of those engaged have progressed onto employment further learning or a volunteer role.

For more information on what’s involved in delivering Future Digital Inclusion, the application process and the criteria, visit the Online Centres Network website today.