The Jersey Community Foundation has launched a fund to invest in projects that will help individuals find work, manage money and develop skills for the future.
The ‘Future Skills Fund’ is one of several ‘themed funds’ run by the JCF allowing donors to decide which areas they want to benefit from their donations, whether big or small.
Throughout the year, the Board of the Jersey Community Foundation will allocate grants from this fund to impactful local organisations.
Digital Jersey has supported the fund’s launch.
Its CEO, Tony Moretta, commented: “The Island faces significant structural changes to its economy and skills base as companies continue to make substantial investments into labour substituting technologies. To overcome this challenge, Jersey will need significant and sustained investment into training and reskilling of its community. Digital Jersey are delighted to be working with the Jersey Community Foundation to create a dedicated charitable fund to support donations from private donors who are passionate about supporting the development of future skills.”
JCF CEO Anna Terry added: “There is limited access for Jersey residents to public and private grants that are otherwise available in the UK/EU through endowment foundations, regional growth funds and skills bodies. This has resulted in under-investment in the future skills development capacity of the island. As society continues to adjust to the technological revolution, the gap between those who actively seek out training, with those who don’t will continue to widen. Working in partnership with Digital Jersey, we hope that the Future Skills Fund will help support projects promoting digital inclusion and diversity in future skills development.”
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