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Digital Start Fund

If you are on a lower income, the Digital Start Fund could offer you a grant to help pay for training. 

A million pounds in total is available through the fund provided by Scottish Government, and managed by Skills Development Scotland. 

Apply and you could be awarded between £1,000 and £8,000 to cover training in software development and cyber security. This will be paid straight to your training provider.

Funding may also be available for travel and childcare costs if you need it.

The support you need to thrive in digital

If you are on a lower income, the Digital Start Fund could offer you a grant to help pay for training. A million pounds in total is available through the fund provided by Scottish Government, and managed by Skills Development Scotland. Apply and you could be awarded between £1,000 and £8,000 to cover training in software development and cyber security. This will be paid straight to your training provider. Funding may also be available for travel and childcare costs if you need it.

A foot in the door of a major growth industry

There are thousands of new jobs available in the digital sphere each year. These include jobs requiring specific tech-focused skills – like software development and cyber security – as well as jobs in areas like marketing, HR, data, and finance. Take a look at our Sectors and Jobs area(this will open in a new window) to get a sense of just how much is out there.

Boost your earning power

High demand for digital skills often means a high salary for those who fit the bill. In the digital industry, salaries average around £37,500 – well above the national average salary of £28,000.

A training type for everyone

You can access training even if you don't have any digital experience. There are a variety of training lengths and locations available through the fund, all of which will lead to a qualification at SCQF7 level or above, and will be delivered by accredited, approved training providers (see below).

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to apply, you’ll need to be resident in Scotland and have the right to work in the UK.

You will also have to either:

  • receive Universal Credit or other income-based benefits

OR

  • face two or more barriers to work, such as being an army veteran, having a disability, living in an area with a high unemployment rate, being aged 54 or older, or being homeless (for further information about recognised barriers to work visit here(this will open in a new window)).

Please note that recent graduates (within the last 12 months) aren’t eligible to apply.

To find out more, please click here(this will open in a new window).

For general enquiries, please contact DigitalStartFund@sds.co.uk.

Closing date

31st March 2020

Ongoing funding

No

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