Digital learning solutions are almost by definition open to all, so the wider pool of post-school age, vocational learners is our audience but we are especially keen to involve those that have failed to be engaged by the education system. Digital technology has the potential to work for learners who have disengaged with formal patterns of learning as well as opening up access for learners who have been unable to fit into the traditional classroom model. It also provides the opportunity to reach industries and communities that are geographically too spread out to create a sustainable market using traditional methods.
We only fund activity that can demonstrate that there is the potential for scale; increasing vocational learner numbers through the use of technology.
We will commit our funding over the next five years to support innovators in this fast moving world – showcasing how learning really impacts the workplace and demonstrating how scale can be achieved to involve many new learners. We aim to develop a spectrum of projects, both early stage and near market, that showcase the best of digital vocational technology and have the potential for significant impact on the scale of people accessing vocational skills. Our focus is on the 'unloved', those professions, communities, industries and skill levels that are undervalued or under supported - where we believe we can have most significant impact. We aim to create a community of developers and learning providers that are working at the cutting edge of learning technologies to ensure that vocational learning becomes an attractive market for future investment. We will invest in projects that have the potential to achieve scale and can show real impact in the world of vocational learning, where our funding will make a significant difference to the number of people gaining skills and the way in which they learn.
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