Community Digital Skills pathway

Through the Community Digital Skills Pathway project, we are testing a model of digital skills support in local communities.

Good Things Foundation is delighted to be working in the North of Tyne, West Midlands and Greater Manchester delivering three Digital Skills Pathway Projects, funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. It aims to test a model of digital skills support in local communities in the North of Tyne, West Midlands, and Great Manchester. 

We’ve recruited 30 organisations per area to develop and test a scalable digital skills and support pathway working across the community sector and the FE/Adult Education sector. We hope to gain valuable insights about the interventions that are required to join up community organisations, with adult learning providers and with the Further Education sector to engage those residents who are digitally excluded. In summer, we will be working with an external evaluator to produce a detailed report highlighting key findings from these projects.

The project will run from February 2022 – June 2022 and will: 

  • support 6,200 people across to overcome barriers to getting online
  • provide over 3,000 devices and data packages for those residents experiencing digital poverty
  • Support 2,000 people to access adult education to help them reach their potential and progress onto further learning

In each area, Good Things Foundation will be working with Further Education partners who will work with our community partners to provide a diverse range of interventions that support that progression.

Thanks to the support they receive, beneficiaries will be able to go online to access health, care, and other services, to have a voice in decisions that affect their communities and to connect with others to – making a positive difference to the wellbeing of those taking part in the project.

We recognise that people without access to digital skills will have less access to quality jobs and fair work, which underpins their economic wellbeing. Through the project we hope to support those residents who are unemployed or economically inactive to search for and apply for jobs online, building core employability skills towards gaining sustained employment.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fundprospectus

Supported by

UK Government

West Midlands Combined Authority

North of Tyne Combined Authority

Greater Manchester Combined Authority