Greater Manchester has sparked a new digital revolution which will connect people, businesses and communities. We will firmly establish our region as the UK’s number one digital city.
The £3m fund is now open for applications in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority area. Consortia of employers and training providers (including colleges and universities) can bid for between £50,000 and £180,000 to run innovative digital training schemes linked to skills shortage vacancies.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority has awarded two contracts as part of the digital talent pipeline for young people. Manchester Digital and the consortium Go Digital (comprising of the White Room, Innovate Her and Hive) will deliver a range of projects to get young people excited about digital skills from a young age as well as building sustainable connections between education and the digital industry. This exciting new programme is a key pillar of the wider GM Digital Strategy and will be known as GM Digital Skills.
Greater Manchester makes a range of free data sets available and is working to extend this.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham held two landmark summits to stake out the city-region’s claim to be the UK’s tech leader.
Mayor Andy Burnham said: “I want Greater Manchester to be a digital city with a difference – one with a bold digital economy which actively encourages businesses to invest and grow, and also one where technology is used to deliver positive change, from connecting young people with opportunities, to tackling social problems such as homelessness. This bold vision places the needs of people firmly at the heart of technological innovation.
“We’re already ahead of the game on this. Right here in Greater Manchester we are on the digital frontier with some of the most cutting-edge tech firms in the world. This gives us a remarkable opportunity to take that expertise and innovation, and work with local people to create a smart digital future which has a unique Greater Manchester stamp.
“We want to fuse technological advancement with culture, ethics, communities and places to build a world which is connected, creative and cooperative, and a modern and prosperous Greater Manchester where no-one is left behind.
“I don’t want Greater Manchester to be just a smart city – I want it to be the smartest city.”