As mentioned in the previous issue, the Innovation through Collaboration Fund 2021 is now open to applications, with a deadline of 7th October 2021 for receipt of proposals. This is the second time the fund has run, following on from a successful call in 2019. The fund provides support for ETBs, in partnership with other organisations, to harness innovation to effectively implement Skills to Advance.
ETBs are invited to partner with at least one other ETB and another organisation in making their proposal. Any organisations which add value to the project may be included, for example EdTech companies, representative bodies, professional associations, research institutions, community-based organisations, other bodies or agencies, or private companies. Partners may be domestic or international.
Key areas of focus in this round span Promotions, Support & Information, Learning Design, Flexible Delivery, Skills Resilience, Regional & Sectoral, and Specific Needs. Projects must align to the objectives of the Skills to Advance policy framework. The aim is to develop innovative approaches to upskilling employees particularly those in lower skilled jobs or in sectors vulnerable to displacement;