Digital Xtra: Supporting Digital Skills Provision across Scotland
4 August 2017
The Digital Xtra Fund is an independent charity, working in
partnership with ScotlandIS, which helps organise and focus support
for digital making and computing science activities.
The Fund specifically supports extracurricular activities
delivered in Scotland which teach young people aged 16 years and
under to understand and create with technology, not just use it.
These activities are delivered alongside, but separate from, the
current computing science curriculum to help engage even more young
people, especially in areas where there is currently a lack of
resources or awareness around digital technologies.
The Fund's aim is to communicate and contextualise skills needs;
promote partnerships; and through funding rounds, support
sustainable and scalable projects which effectively engage young
people. Ideally these activities will target audiences previously
unengaged in digital technologies or from underrepresented groups
in order to actually broaden the talent pipeline, and not just
engage those already inclined towards computing science.
Kraig Brown, Partnerships and Development Manager talks more
about the ethos behind the fund, future hopes makes an ask for
industry to get more involved.
'We believe every young person in Scotland should have
access to a coding or digital making activity as well as understand
the future career opportunities in this area.
Moving forward, we want to develop additional funding rounds
that support high-quality extracurricular activities which teach
digital making and computing science skills; thereby better
preparing more young people for the digital future as well as
encourage them to consider a career in digital tech. These funding
rounds could also be sector specific (i.e. digital skills in the
context of the financial or construction sector) or based on
community needs (i.e. activities for girls and young women or in
areas of high deprivation).
We are seeking like-minded businesses and organisations to
partner with us in order to create more impactful funding rounds.
Our partners will have direct input into each funding rounds'
objectives, ensuring the relevancy of proposed projects before they
are even developed, as well as opportunity to help evaluate the
proposals. This will save our partners time and effort versus
developing multiple individual skills outreach programmes as well
as stimulate more relevant skills engagement being delivered
quicker, over a broader geographic area, and with less
Find out more about at http://www.digitalxtrafund.scot/