Tech partnership gains £18m government funding

The government is handing out £18 million of funding to support the industry-led Tech Partnership, which aims to bolster the nation’s digital skills development through apprenticeships.

The Tech Partnership – founded by employers including Cisco, BT, and Capgemini, has been successful in bidding for funds from the government’s Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot fund (EOP).

The partnership aims to get more women into the tech industry and make it an attractive career option to young people.

David Willetts, minister for universities and science, said: “The new Tech Partnership is the latest example of Employer Owned Industrial Partnerships, enabling top employers to take the lead in addressing their skills needs. Our £18 million investment will help support the Partnership’s work to deliver a range of new employer-led developments including support for careers advice, new Massive Open Online Courses, industry-accredited apprenticeships and ‘industry gold’ degrees. The creation of new Tech Hubs will also help to propel growth in specific skills areas such as cyber security and big data.”

Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco UK, and chair of the Tech Partnership said: “We will, through new apprenticeship and degree programmes, inspire young talent into the workforce of the future where the potential of technology is life-changing. With the first ever scheme of training grants for our sector, we will support employers willing to invest more in the strategically important digital skills the nation will rely on in the future.”