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The launch event for Round 2 of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund had a large attendance from Lancashire and Greater Manchester based employers and providers.

All information and links, including forms, specification details and slides from the event are in this link:

 There will be 2 further events in Lancashire for interested parties to come and ask questions on their ideas, and how to make an application (there are two additional events in Manchester). The Lancashire events take place at County Hall in Preston and appointments can be booked on Eventbrite; 

Tuesday 17th December: Click here to register.

Wednesday 15th January: Click here to register.

Find out more about the fund by clicking here. If you’ve further questions, please email

Bids can range from £50,000 to £250,000 and are likely to require an element of match-funding – whether in cash or kind. Courses can run for a maximum of 12 weeks full-time or 20 weeks part-time.

Commented on the first round, Digital skills partnership co-ordinator, Kerry Harrison said;

“The best bids we have seen started with an employer who had jobs they couldn’t fill and then a provider talking to them about employability, confidence-building and technical skills – and putting it together in a package. Some people who [applied in the first round] haven’t written bids before – and have been innovative in the way they have approached it.”

Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund is OPEN