Description of the goods or services required
The Scottish Government strategy sets out an ambitious plan to make Scotland a world class digital nation by 2020. Skills development will be an integral component in helping young people prepare for the digital future.
At a time when the Scottish digital technologies sector is forecast to grow and there is increasing demand for staff with high level digital technology skills, there is clear evidence that the talent pipeline in Scotland needs to expand to meet this demand. More young people should be encouraged to study computing science related subjects at school, college and university and redressing this balance is crucial to ensure the competitiveness of Scottish companies both within the digital technology sector and beyond.
Broadening the talent pipeline and addressing these longer term challenges will require co-ordinated action across a number of areas. One such area is the stimulation of interest in the sector through the provision of high quality, relevant extracurricular activities that support young people in developing computer science and digital technology skills and careers awareness.
The Digital Xtra Fund has been developed and funded by the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership whose partners include Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Island Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council, Education Scotland, ScotlandIS and ICT Sector industry representatives.
Grants are available to support enterprising organisations that will ensure the provision of extracurricular computing science related activities are extended and made available more consistently across Scotland.
The fund will support objectives of the ICT/Digital Technologies Skills Investment Plan:
- Increase participation by young people in extracurricular computer
science related initiatives
- Broaden the future talent pipeline for computing science and
digital technology skills
- Deliver activities that enrich and enhance those which are
currently offered through formal education routes
- Expand the reach of extracurricular computing science related
activities across Scotland
- Encourage greater female participation in computing science
- Encourage greater links between Industry and young people
- Raise the attractiveness of the digital technology sector
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