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£3,000,000 In Tech Innovation Grants In 2019

Press Release by Kate Atha, Head of Communications for Ufi VocTech Trust.

Seventeen projects will receive funding thanks to a series of funding calls by Ufi VocTech Trust throughout 2019. 

The Ufi VocTech Trust is a charity that champions the power of technology to improve skills for work and deliver better outcomes for all, which it does by being a funding partner and supporter of innovators in skills development, looking to help people progress in the workplace. 

Each year, Ufi looks to support a range of organisations through grant-funding and support to nurture innovative vocational technology that has the potential to provide real change and impact in the vocational education sector.

During 2019 Ufi used a range of different funding types to support areas of need, encouraging innovation in both the adult education sector and in-work learning.

These were:

  • VocTech Impact
  • VocTech Manufacturing
  • VocTech Specialist 
  • VocTech Seed 

As a result, a total of £2,976,000 has been awarded to 17 projects from across the UK. As well as the financial support, each project will also receive a tailored package of expert support to help them nurture the development of their idea.

Rebecca Garrod-Waters, CEO Ufi VocTech Trust said:

We are very pleased to be supporting these projects: we actively look to support a portfolio of projects that deliver positive change for learners across a wide range of sectors, job roles, geographies and access points and our 2019 cohorts are exciting in that they meet this set of criteria.

The organisations we have chosen to fund in 2019 have ideas that demonstrate the positive opportunity that VocTech represents, delivered at scale, as well as having immediate impact on the lives of large numbers of individuals, education providers and employers and enable us to extend our reach into communities currently under-served by existing learning opportunities.

We’re excited to see how each project develops – congratulations to all for their successful applications.

The Ufi VocTech Trust believes that every individual and employer can benefit from the acquisition of new skills, so that everyone has the opportunity to progress, to know the satisfaction of a job well done and to positively contribute to a better future for all. 

Ufi’s first funding call of 2020, VocTech Seed, opens on January 21st. VocTech Seed provides grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting from 3 to 12 months. This is our testbed where the first spark of an idea can be scoped and tested in the supportive environment that Ufi funding provides. 

Ufi hosts pre-application workshops and webinars to support applicants to develop their ideas and decide if Ufi funding is right for them. Full details and how to apply can be found at ufi.co.uk

Rebecca added:

I would encourage organisations and consortia keep in touch with Ufi and look out for our 2020 funding calls as a possible way for them to launch their ideas through our unique, flexible enrichment and project management approaches.

Keep in touch with the work of Ufi VocTech Trust, learn more about our funding calls and see our projects in action by following us at @UfiTrust  Read more >> about £3,000,000 In Tech Innovation Grants In 2019

Ufi Welcomes 3 New Trustees


The appointment of Alex Cullen, Anthony Bravo, and Paolo Fresia to the the board means the addition of invaluable portfolios of experience and knowledge at what is an exciting time for Ufi VocTech Trust.

Alex Cullen is a Marketing and Communications specialist with a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) and franchise marketing background alongside this has spent many years in the analytical world of FMCG. Amongst those she has worked with are Marks & Spencer, and her time heading up the marketing of Plan A, the M&S CSR initiative informed her passion for sustainability.

Anthony Bravo is the Principal of Basingstoke College of Technology. As a qualified teacher, education has always been Anthony’s passion and he has extensive experience in FE environments, focusing particularly on partnership, community, income generation, and most recently workforce development.

In July 2003, he was appointed to set up Crossways Academy, Lewisham which became a CISCO world reference site for use of ICT in education, as well as providing a template for integrated smart building technology.

Paolo Fresia is an impact investor manager, with a focus on mitigating climate change, sustainable production and consumption, and reducing gender and LGBT+ inequalities. Paolo invests across all asset classes, mainly through specialized fund managers. He has independently advised many individuals, family offices, and institutions on transitioning their assets to sustainable investments. Paolo is also involved in systems change philanthropy and activism by being on the board of the Guerrilla Foundation.

Rebecca Garrod-Waters, CEO Ufi VocTech Trust said

We are very excited to welcome Alex, Anthony, and Paolo to our board and know that the experience that they bring with them will be invaluable as we continue with our 2020 – 2025 strategy.

They are innovative leaders and as an organisation we are looking forward to their support and guidance.

Discover more about our Board of Trustees here ufi.co.uk/trustees  Read more >> about Ufi Welcomes 3 New Trustees