Residents from across Greater Manchester are invited to apply for fully funded training programmes designed to help individuals gain digital employment with companies in the city-region.

The free training programmes, which have been funded as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund to create inclusive opportunities into digital employment, are now open for candidate applications.

Delivered by organisations including CompTIA, Raytheon Professional Services and Sharpfutures, the programmes will enable participants to develop skills in variety of areas including digital content creation and cyber security.

In June, 14 projects from across Greater Manchester and Lancashire were announced as the successful applicants of round two of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund. The Fast Track Fund, which was developed to address locally identified digital skills gaps, is a joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP).

The £3 million fund, which is the first of its kind in the UK, was set up to support both Greater Manchester and Lancashire residents with accessible routes into digital employment, specifically targeting disadvantaged groups and those underrepresented to help them get into digital roles.

The projects now recruiting for candidates are:

Cyber Ready North West

Cyber Ready is a 6-month retraining programme designed to ensure all graduates develop the necessary skills and knowledge to secure Cyber Security related employment. The flipped-classroom approach combines classroom and online teaching methods and is designed to encourage applications from candidates who may have other commitment and time limitations.

  • Delivered by CompTIA with employer partner Novacoast
  • Applications close Friday 21st August

Find out more and apply for the programme


The Cyber Academy

This project will deliver the core skills and knowledge essential for a cyber-security engineer including two technical qualifications combined with wider personal and professional skills.

  •  Delivered by Raytheon Professional Services with employer partners, Morson Projects, Salford Council, BUPA, TalkTalk and Sodexo

Find out more and apply for the programme




Further Fast Track funded projects will be opening for candidate applications in the coming weeks and months, we will be regularly updating this page when new opportunities become available.

Find more about the fund and the successfully funded projects

Read more about previous Fast Track Fund projects and hear from past programme participants


Article Published: 27/07/2020 11:47 AM