Eligibility Criteria

Find out what types of solutions we were open to

In today’s world, people will likely have several careers during their working lives. Understanding the skills they have and knowing the career options available to them in the near and longer term future is a challenging proposition but this does not need to be the case.

Through the CareerTech Challenge Prize, we looked for highly innovative digital solutions which improve career information, advice and guidance by combining innovative uses and sources of labour market innovation with proactive outreach. We want people to have access to digital solutions that will support them to imagine their future careers and find out about the pathways to get there.

Solutions needed to benefit members of the National Retraining Scheme cohort: 

  • employed adults in England who are aged over 24 years
  • without a qualification at degree level and earning less than £35,000 per year
  • with a focus on those in roles like to significantly change or shrink.

Prize statement

The £1.2 million CareerTech Challenge Prize looked for digital solutions that use labour market information to support people to make better-informed decisions about their future careers. Solutions generate actionable insights, are easy to use and proactively reach out to users.

The solutions benefit employed adults in England who are aged over 24 years, without a qualification at degree level and earning less than £35,000 per year, with a focus on those in roles likely to significantly change or shrink.


Solutions

We looked for highly innovative digital solutions which improve career information, advice and guidance by combining innovative uses and sources of labour market innovation with proactive outreach.

The solutions benefit employed adults in England who are aged over 24 years, educated to below degree level and earn less than £35,000 per year, with a focus on those in roles like to significantly change or shrink.

We encouraged highly innovative entries and were open to any digital solution that could deliver against our prize statement. 

The Prize was open to ‘stand-alone’ solutions or ‘plug-in’ solutions that could be added to other platforms or solutions to enhance them.

The Prize was open to completely new, early stage ideas or existing solutions that are pivoting or adding new elements or functionality. Entrants selected as finalists developed and tested their solutions during the Prize’s 9 month finalist stage. When the Prize ends in March 2021, we expect solutions to have reached (at a minimum) an advanced prototype stage; undergone user testing; and to be nearing market readiness.

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