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Ufi’s pioneering VocTech Seed projects celebrated in EdTech 50

The freshly published EdTech 50, launched by EdTech UK and Jisc last week, celebrates 50 organisations and individuals who are leading the way in developing effective and impactful new tech for the education sector. Ufi are delighted to see some of our funded projects and our Trustees recognised for their impact through thoughtful solutions and the increasing awareness of the benefit that technology can bring to vocational learning.

Congratulations to:

Top 50: Pioneering Imaginative Employability Approaches

  • Sussex Downs College – a past VocTech Seed 2015 project and a current VocTech Impact funded project, Kev Jones is leading the Digital Guild project team, working on developing a digital badge approach that links students skills to local employment opportunities
  • Workfinder, from Founders4Schools – a platform enabling young adults to access work placements in successful growing companies

Judges’ Commendations

Ones to Note – People

  • Priya Lakhani OBE, CENTURY Tech. Ufi are currently funding CENTURY Tech to create a solution which aims to improve learning outcomes through the use of AI

Ones to Note – Product

  • Makerclub’s Electronics for Everyone was a past VocTech Seed 2015 project

Ufi’s innovative VocTech Seed fund also got a special mention for the work we are doing to support digital soloutions for vocational skills:

The VocTech Seed Fund is growing in reputation because of well-designed criteria, ably supported by thoughtful trustees and CEO. The funding pot aims to improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce by funding digital solutions for vocational learning. Focus on ‘scalable’ projects and learners that have failed to be engaged by the formal educational system.

Praise indeed, from an esteemed panel of judges. The full EdTech 50 report is available here.

Register with Ufi to learn more about our funding calls this year or join our webinar on 7 March to find out how to apply for £50k VocTech Seed funding (closing date 14 March 2018).

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