Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund

Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund

This £3m fund is a powerful collaboration between GMCA, DCMS & the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership bringing together employers and training providers to run innovative digital training schemes linked to skills shortage vacancies.

Round 1 has now concluded and we are excited to announce the five successful projects, which will help over 200 Greater Manchester and Lancashire residents gain employment in the tech sector:

More information can be found on the We are Digital project here.

Round 2 is now open for applications.

The paperwork can be viewed here:

  1. Specification
  2. Application Form
  3. Draft Grant Funding agreement

All applications to the fund will need to be made through The Chest.

These documents are for planning purposes only and will be available on The Chest as editable documents.

To have a look at what made a successful round 1 bid please read: Hints and Tips from Round 1 .

What you should do now:

  • If you did not complete the register of interest form before the November deadline date, you are still eligible to apply for the funding. We would advise, however, still completing the ROI and sending to (in Lancashire) to alert us to your intentions. We can then advise and support appropriately.
  • Sign up for an appointment at one of the optional Drop in Events in Lancashire or Manchester.
  • Submit your Fast Track Fund application on The Chest

For queries about the fund please email:

Useful resources for your bid

Labour Market Intelligence – Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub have refreshed the Local Labour Market Intelligence Toolkit. We have developed a robust evidence base which identifies key issues in driving a skilled, balanced and inclusive labour market.

Lancashire Skills Pledge – At the launch event, we referenced the Lancashire Skills Pledge when discussing the social value section of the application form. The Lancashire Skills Pledge provides you with one place to find out more about employer facing skills and training initiatives.  Pledging will give your business recognition for the things it does to upskill, recruit and inspire the people of Lancashire.

Round 2 Launch Event Presentation

Fast Track Round 2 – Launch by Kerry Harrison


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