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New digital skills training programmes open for candidate applications

30 Jul 2020 - 15:00 by michelle.foster

gmcaResidents from across Greater Manchester are invited to apply for fully funded training programmes designed to help individuals gain digital employment with companies in the city-region.

The free training programmes, which have been funded as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund to create inclusive opportunities into digital employment, are now open for candidate applications.

Delivered by organisations including CompTIA, Raytheon Professional Services and Sharpfutures, the programmes will enable participants to develop skills in variety of areas including digital content creation and cyber security.

In June, 14 projects from across Greater Manchester and Lancashire were announced as the successful applicants of round two of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund. The Fast Track Fund, which was developed to address locally identified digital skills gaps, is a joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP).

The £3 million fund, which is the first of its kind in the UK, was set up to support both Greater Manchester and Lancashire residents with accessible routes into digital employment, specifically targeting disadvantaged groups and those underrepresented to help them get into digital roles.

The projects now recruiting for candidates are:

Cyber Ready North West
Cyber Ready is a 6-month retraining programme designed to ensure all graduates develop the necessary skills and knowledge to secure Cyber Security related employment. The flipped-classroom approach combines classroom and online teaching methods and is designed to encourage applications from candidates who may have other commitment and time limitations.
Delivered by CompTIA with employer partner Novacoast
Applications close 21 August 2020

The Cyber Academy
This project will deliver the core skills and knowledge essential for a cyber-security engineer including two technical qualifications combined with wider personal and professional skills.
Delivered by Raytheon Professional Services with employer partners, Morson Projects, Salford Council, BUPA, TalkTalk and Sodexo

Transition Courses
SharpFutures with employer partner ITV, will deliver online 8-20 week training courses to upskill unemployed or low paid residents for short-form content creation and digital production management roles.

Digital Content Creation Transition Course
The course will last 8-16 weeks and is designed to fit in around other commitments, allowing up to 16 weeks to complete it. Course participants will learn how to create digital content across a range of media including radio, TV, social and advertising. At the end of the course participants will have the skills to join SharpFutures POD and to start gaining paid work in creative content making.
Applications close on 31 July

Digital Production Management Transition Course
This 12 week course aims to provide an overview of digital production management within TV, Radio, Advertising, Commercials, Animation, Gaming and Tech.  Each week participants will learn new production skills through face-to-face and online training, webinars and masterclasses.
Applications close on 5 August

Further Fast Track funded projects will be opening for candidate applications in the coming weeks and months.

For more information and to apply click here

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