Milliamp Technologies and a number of other Lancaster electronics businesses have been successful as a consortium in receiving funding from the UK Government’s Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund to help get new talent into the tech and electronics sector in Lancaster over the coming years.
In one of 14 projects to receive funding from a £3 million joint venture between UK Government (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP) and it’s the first of its kind in the UK.
A number of local tech companies led by Milliamp have formed a consortia under the banner of “Tech Lancaster” which working in collaboration with local colleges will be used to enrol, deliver and deploy candidates to suitable local vacancies.
The project – known as Tech Lancaster – will utilise the fund to provide employer led top-up technical training in and around the Lancaster area to help give candidates top-up training to make them work ready for local employers within the electronics and tech sector, with participants who finish the scheme guaranteed interviews at consortia companies.
The training will include distance learning modules (MOOCs) and workshop/lab based tuition to help candidates gain industry specific skills (such as IPC certification) and will be working in conjunction with Lancaster and Morecambe College and other partners to deliver the scheme.
“In the current climate this fund is more important than ever, this pandemic has highlighted the real importance of digital skills and technology and digital will be a vital element in how we ‘build back better’”.
Applications to join the programme are open to all and enrolment will commence in August. If you would like to hear more about the programme and sign-up for updates please visit www.tech-lancaster.org.uk where you can also find more information about the scheme.
You can also follow the hashtag #FastTrackFund on social media.