HOST’s Skills City awarded £1.2m from DoE to fast-track 450 people into tech careers in the North West

L-r Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group, Debbie Brown, Strategic Director of Service Reform at Salford City Council & Bella Copland, Director of Programmes at HOST

L-r Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group, Debbie Brown, Strategic Director of Service Reform at Salford City Council & Bella Copland, Director of Programmes at HOST

Skills City, a unique digital skills powerhouse set to transform talent diversity in the North West, has been awarded £1.2m from the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver six Skills Bootcamps, fast-tracking 450 people into technology careers.

Developed by HOST, the Home of Skills & Technology at MediaCityUK, it is pioneering demand-led digital skills and talent provision at a scale to maximise the choices available to employers and learners.

This follows the launch of Skills City in March and having secured the funding in response to the government’s £36 million national tenders, it already has the unique infrastructure in place to deliver a full spectrum of technology disciplines across the six Skills Bootcamps – part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

The funding will support 450 people with fair access to digital skills training, by breaking the barriers faced by those from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds and empowering them into technology careers.

It has committed that 50 per cent of learners will be represented by women in order to drive gender parity in the tech sector.

The Skills Bootcamps are employer-led with support from industry leaders including BAE Systems and Bentley Motors, and XR and immersive experts Taran3D and v360.

Unity Professional involves learning development tools for programming or artist training with the expert team from the UK’s only Unity Centre of Excellence, based at HOST.

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group, operator of HOST, said: “It is a huge privilege to have this recognition for Skills City and to be a chosen partner for the Department for Education, we have an amazing opportunity to offer this alternative provision to our communities in the North West.

“Helping to fast-track people who previously would not have had access to these opportunities into world-class technology careers is what we originally set out to do, and having reached this landmark, we are excited to change the dynamic of future skills and technology talent.

“With Skills City, we have designed a unique blueprint to give employers and learners choice and our mission is to operate across the UK. We may be about technology, but the benefits we bring are all about people.”

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