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Deloitte Digital Connect – UK charities and social enterprises invited to apply for digital development programme

Deloitte opens applications for new cohort of digital skills programme for charities

Deloitte has opened applications for up to 40 charities and social enterprises to join the third cohort of Deloitte Digital Connect, a programme that helps charities scale their digital impact.

The programme, which is delivered in partnership with CAST, a charity helping organisations use digital for social good, has supported over 60 charities to deliver innovative tech solutions and transform their digital capabilities. Deloitte has invested over £1m in the programme since it began in 2021 and earlier this year was shortlisted for Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year in the 2023 Charity Times Awards.

The successful applicants in the new cohort will benefit from six months of digital training, advice and support. They will be supported to make progress on an existing organisational digital project or challenge. The programme will provide them with one-to-one mentoring, masterclasses and workshops on digital design practices from Deloitte digital experts, as well as peer support and learning opportunities from CAST.

Bridging the digital divide

According to recent research from FutureDotNow, ‘The UK workforce digital skills gap’, 60 per cent of the UK workforce lacks essential digital skills for work.

In addition, the 2023 Charity Digital Skills report found that nearly half (48 per cent) have a strategic approach to digital, which is less than the 56 per cent who had this in 2022.

To apply for the programme, charities can complete this short application form by 23 October at 5pm.

A grant of up to £5,000 is available to support participation on the programme, with a focus on supporting organisations where it can have the most significant impact.

More information on Deloitte Digital Connect and eligibility can be found on the website

If you have any questions, please register to join one of our Q&A sessions on Tuesday 10 October or Monday 16 October at 10am or email your queries to deloittedigitalconnect@deloitte.co.uk.

The 2023/24 programme will begin in December 2023 and run until May 2024. It will bring together up to 40 charities, including some of Deloitte’s 5 Million Futures existing charity partners.

The programme is part of Deloitte’s 5 Million Futures social impact goal, which aims to help 5 million people access education and employment by 2030.

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