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BAFTA Opens Applications for £12,000 UK Scholarships
March 25, 2019
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today opened applications to the BAFTA Scholarship Programme, which enables talented British citizens in need Home pageof financial support to take an industry-recognised course in film, games or television in the UK.

The BAFTA UK scholarship programme is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

The scholarships are part of BAFTA’s charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career, regardless of their background or circumstances.
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New Grants for Small Employment and Skills Organisations
March 1, 2019
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New grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for third sector organisations doing employment and skills work. They have been awarded by the ESFA under their Community Grants Scheme.

In Central and West London* the allocation of grants is being managed by Paddington Development Trust (PDT). The money is for third sector organisations that help unemployed people, be they on JSA or economically inactive, to get into, or to move towards, employment. This may be through good advice and guidance; outreach work; improving basic and digital skills; removing barriers; supporting work placements; improving confidence and motivation; skills training and jobs brokerage.
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£38 Million T Level Capital Fund Launches
January 30, 2019
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The first further education providers to teach T Levels are set to benefit from a £38 million funding boost to help build new classrooms, refurbish buildings and upgrade their equipment in readiness to deliver the new qualifications from September 2020.

The T Level Capital Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget. It is designed to make sure young people taking the new technical courses have access to industry standard equipment and high quality facilities so they gain the skills and knowledge employers demand.

T Levels will be the technical equivalent to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement. The first T Level courses in education, construction and digital will be taught by over 50 further education and post-16 providers from September 2020.

The T Level Capital Fund will be delivered in two parts. From today (Thursday 30 January), eligible further education providers are being invited to bid for funding to refurbish their existing buildings or to build new spaces. Funding for specialist equipment such as digital and audio visual kit, will be allocated to all providers in spring 2020.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minster, Anne Milton said:

T Levels are a once in a generation opportunity to transform technical education in this country. They will give young people the opportunity to gain the skills they need to get a great job, go on to do a higher level apprenticeship or further study.

It will be vital that they have access to the latest, high quality equipment and state-of the art facilities during their studies. The T Level Capital Fund will help those further education providers at the forefront of delivering these important reforms to be ready to teach T Levels from September 2020.

To support the further education sector to deliver the new T Level programmes, the government will provide an additional half a billion pounds every year once they are all fully rolled out.

The government is also investing £20 million to help prepare the sector for the introduction of T Levels. This includes the £5 million Taking Teaching Further programme, which aims to attract more industry experts to work in the sector, and the £8 million T Level Professional Development offer to help teachers and staff prepare for the roll-out of the new qualifications.

In December 2018, the government announced the next 7 T Levels to be taught from 2021 as: Health; Healthcare Science; Science; Onsite Construction; Building Services Engineering; Digital Support and Services; and Digital Business Services.

£1 Million Funding to Train Charities in Digital Skills
November 23, 2018
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Government announces £1 million funding to support programmes helping charities to improve their digital skills.

  • £1 million to expand training programmes for charities to improve digital skill
  • Fund follows a commitment in the Civil Society Strategy to support charities to build their digital confidence
  • Training to enable charities to develop an understanding of how technology can make it easier for them to achieve their goals

Charities across England will have the opportunity to improve their digital skills through a new £1 million digital training fund for the sector, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced today. The Digital Leadership Fund will give industry leaders’ free access to training or heavily subsidised courses to boost their digital skills and develop a wider understanding of how technology can help them fulfil their mission.

Training available for charity bosses will include learning how to maximise online fundraising tools, build a social media presence or modernise their operational delivery by embedding updated IT systems.

Training may also include learning how to harness emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to achieve their charitable objectives.

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£3m For Digital Skills in Manchester
November 2, 2018
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The government has confirmed that £3 million will be invested to help strengthen digital skills in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas.

The funding announced in the Budget will see the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) team up with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) for the pilot project.

Employers and training providers will identify which digital skills are in short supply in the local area and design a targeted approach that can help people prepare to move into digital roles.

Greater Manchester is one of the largest digital clusters in the UK with almost 8,000 digital businesses employing more than 80,0000 people.

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FE Providers Benefit from Scheme to Boost Teaching Workforce
October 14, 2018
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Eighty new expert teachers to be recruited from industry into further education through the £5 million Taking Teaching Further programme.

Skills Minister Anne Milton announced on 12 October 2018 the first 37 providers to receive funding from the Taking Teaching Further (TTF) programme, which has been set up to help recruit the best and brightest candidates from industry into the post-16 and further education workforce and support an ongoing exchange between industry and FE.

The colleges and providers, in areas ranging from Cumbria and Northumberland to Kent and Norwich, will aim to recruit the country’s first 80 TTF teachers from specific sectors and encourage them to retrain to work in those institutions.

Alongside the support to train new teachers, 20 innovative projects are also being funded totalling over £900,000 to explore how industry and the further education sector can work together to make sure students gain the knowledge and skills businesses really need.

Taking Teaching Further was launched in June as a pilot programme to further boost the quality of the post-16 teaching workforce by bringing in more diverse experiences and skills.

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DfE Announces £24m Youth Employment Initiative
October 8, 2018
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The government will invest £24m in improving education and career opportunities for young people in north east England, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said.

The government wants to help more young people in the north east of England into education, employment or training. Announcing the Opportunity North East scheme at a school in Gateshead, Damian Hinds said children in the region need more support from education and business leaders, because it is listed bottom in England for a number of education measures.

Half of the money, £12m, will be used to help young people make better transitions from primary school to secondary school and onto higher education, including universities, degree apprenticeships and other technical education options.

The north east had the lowest number of 18-year-olds attending top universities in England in 2017. It also has one of the highest proportions of young people not in education, employment or training (Neet) aged over 11 years old.

The government will use the remaining £12m to improve the quality of teaching in the area, particularly in secondary schools that are performing worse than in other areas of England.

The funding is part of the £42m Teacher Development Premium, launched in December 2018, which sees teachers in underperforming schools receive up to £1,000 for extra training to encourage them to remain in their jobs.

The Opportunity North East scheme will also aim to stimulate job opportunities through local enterprise partnerships and local businesses.
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Clients off to University? Then They May be Eligible for Additional Support
September 26, 2018
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Students all over the country are preparing to go off to university and it could be time to see if they are eligible for additional support in higher education.

Use the AbilityNet HE support checker

Getting a degree is a huge challenge for every student but some students face additional challenges and barriers. You could be eligible for extra help from your university and the UK Government’s Disabled Students’ Allowances.

Use the free HE Support Checker to find out if you could be eligible for extra support at university due to a health condition or impairment. This is entirely anonymous, and you do not have to supply any personal information.

What support could you get?

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IMPORTANT: GEO Returners Fund EOI Deadline Extended
August 31, 2018
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There is a little over 2 weeks until the deadline to send your Expressions of Interest in the GEO Returners Fund.

The deadline is 14th September 2018, whilst the application window for full applications has been extended with a deadline for their return of 9th November 2018.

The fund is offering grants to projects which help people to return to work in the private sector. This is part of a commitment made by the Prime Minister in the 2017 Spring Budget to help people back into employment after a career break. The Government Equalities Office defines a ‘returner’ as a person who has been out of paid employment for at least a year to take on caring responsibilities and would like to return to paid work at a level commensurate with their skills and experience. Read more

Grants of up to £80,000 Available to Tackle Youth Loneliness
August 28, 2018
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The £2m youth-focused strand of the Building Connections Fund will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation.

Charities and community groups dealing with youth loneliness can now apply for grants of up to £80,000 from the strand of the Building Connections Fund run by the Co-op Foundation.

The Prime Minister announced the £11.5m Building Connections Fund aimed at reducing loneliness in June, with £9m of it due to be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, and £0.5m going towards evaluation of the scheme.

The remaining £2m will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation and will specifically focus on loneliness among young people.

Projects will be eligible to apply for a share of the funding if they support young people in the 30 per cent of most-deprived areas in England, or if they benefit young people in any area who are carers, unemployed or precariously employed, experiencing bereavement, have a disability or long-term health condition or who have been in the care system. Read more

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