This experimental programme aims to address local digital skills shortages by engaging a greater variety of people in training – either to help prepare them for roles in the tech sector, or just to open up fresh opportunities to them.
Tech Set Go! is being funded through the government’s Digital Skills Innovation Fund and is running from June to December 2019.
Who is this for?
Tech Set Go! is focused on those groups of individuals who are not well represented in the tech sector currently, as well as those who typically miss out on tech training schemes because of their circumstances. That includes: women who want to return to work after a period of absence, as well as women who are under-employed in low-skilled jobs, or unemployed; people who are neurodiverse and have tech capabilities; and people from disadvantaged areas of the city region.
Participants need to be over 18 years of age and interested in trying some tech taster activities and finding out more about the tech sector.
How does it work?
“The ultimate aim of Tech, Set, Go! is to help people take their first steps towards a job in the tech sector or to understand more about digital skills and roles so they can support and encourage their children. At the same time, we’re hoping that diversity-minded employers will see the benefits of engaging early with potential new recruits.”
Liz Wallis, Director, Sero Skills
The initial engagement will happen through family workshops and community drop-ins where people can enjoy fun digital skills taster activities, find out information and have one-to-one conversations to assess their interests and options.
Those who are suited will be offered a web development course, free of charge. The training has been developed with local employers covering not only tech skills but also how to work in a commercial environment using industry tools. The course will be available online and face-to-face at parent-friendly times. Training will be followed by work experience, leading to potential entry-level opportunities in the tech sector, further study or self-employment.
What are the opportunities for employers?
Tech sector businesses in Sheffield City Region will be able to gain new recruits and build a more diverse workforce. Employers are being invited to express interest in the programme, drop in to activities where possible and offer real-life projects. Ultimately, we hope some employers will be prepared to interview candidates who have been through the web development course for entry-level posts.
Who is delivering the project?
Tech, Set, Go! is being delivered in Sheffield City Region by a specialist digital skills consortium consisting of Sero Skills, working with Bright Box Maker Space and the Developer Academy.
What is the Digital Skills Innovation Fund Pilot
The Digital Skills Innovation Fund is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. There are several programmes around the country. Tech, Set, Go! is part of collaboration led by Nottingham City Council. In the Nottingham-based project a range of local organisations are joining forces to deliver the programmes, including Autism East Midlands, the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.