Digital Skills Charity Offering £50,000 For New Projects
Digital Xtra, the fund which aims to create a new generation of digital makers and creators in Scotland is offering a total of £50,000 to projects which can take digital skills out of the classroom.
The Digital Xtra fund is looking for innovative, adaptable and sustainable projects which will teach concepts including computational thinking, coding, digital making and data science in fun and fascinating ways.
Projects can apply for up to £5,000 when applications open on June 16th.
Digital Xtra is particularly interested in projects which engage with groups which are under represented within the digital technology sector, such as girls and young women, to increase diversity within the industry and encourage young people from different backgrounds to choose highly skilled digital careers.
Kraig Brown, Partnerships and Development Manager for the Digital Xtra Fund, said: “Our aim is to drive innovation and engagement through a large network of digital skills providers across Scotland, including teachers running clubs outside school hours, as well as helping create links between industry and skills providers.
“Most importantly, we want to improve digital skills among young people by supporting high-quality extracurricular activities; thereby preparing them better for a digital future and inspiring them to consider a career in digital tech.
“Projects funded by the Digital Xtra Fund have done fantastic work that has reached thousands of young people across the country already. This is our first round of funding since we received official charitable status so we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us to get here.”
The charity awarded £400,000 to 22 projects in 2016, reaching 15,000 young people across Scotland. Projects included the Little Lighthouse project which introduced children to STEM concepts, a partnership with coding club Computer Xplorers, to introduce clubs to schools across Midlothian and providing continuous professional development (CPD) training for teachers.
(We can also recommend Digital Xtra’s fantastic interactive map which shows which clubs operate in which schools across Scotland…)
Since becoming a charity, Digital Xtra’s supporters include:
- BT Scotland
- Be Positive
- Edge Testing
- Highlands & Islands Enterprise
- Skills Development Scotland
The Scottish Government
The current funding round opens on June 16th 2017 and closes on September 1st 2017. Decisions upon awards will be made by a panel of experts composed of experts from Scotland’s digital technology industries. Successful projects will receive funding by mid-October 2017.
The Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy sets out plans to increase the number of people in digital technology roles to 150,000 by 2021. Increasing digital participation and preparing young people for the future by improving digital skills levels is an integral component of this strategy.