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Institute of Coding launches £2.3m fund to improve graduates’ digital skills

The government-backed Institute of Coding is seeking bids for a share of a £2.3m fund aimed at improving digital skills education for university students.

The funding will be allocated to up to ten groups with “clear plans to improve access to digital skills education” and “enhance graduate employability and employment outcomes”.

Groups are eligible for the funding if they include at least one higher education institution with courses in computer science or IT.

Dr Rachid Hourizi, the director of the IoC, said “gaining access to high quality education and training is absolutely critical to tackling the UK’s digital skills shortfall”.

“The IoC’s new fund will enable academic institutions and industry organisations to work together, developing cutting edge education to promote digital excellence and improve the technical skills for a new generation of workers,” Hourizi added.

“This initiative is the latest in a wide array of activity from the IoC to launch new services and spread digital skills across the country.”

Sheila Flavell, chair of the IoC’s industry advisory board, added that the fund would provide an opportunity for universities to create new STEM courses for the “next generation of graduates”.

“At a time when the UK’s digital industry is playing such a vital role in economic growth and job creation, it’s absolutely critical that we extend access to technical education to as many young people as possible, from all walks of life,” Flavell added.

Applicants must apply for the funding by 26 November 2018.