Digital skills are fundamental to the success of our future economy, and to the future success of our young people too.

Since launching in 2016, Digital Xtra Fund, a Scottish charity, has awarded £725,000 in funding to digital skills initiatives, helping schools and organisations engage nearly 45,000 young people in meaningful digital tech activities across Scotland.

Kraig Brown, Digital Xtra Fund’s Partnerships and Development Manager, said: “Our mission is for every young person in Scotland to have access to inspiring and meaningful digital tech activities regardless of their gender, background or where they live.”

In 2021, Digital Xtra Fund worked with government and industry partners to identify, finance and support 22 initiatives for young people aged 16 and under – including coding clubs at four schools in Angus, a ‘Games for Good’ programme at Heart of Midlothian FC’s Innovation Centre in Edinburgh, introducing hundreds of young people to cyber security at Aberdeen Science Centre and a COP26-related collaboration around climate tech with The Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s (SCDI) Young Engineers and Science Clubs.

Incremental Group is proud to support the STEM charity for another year in 2022/23, helping it to drive digital skills for young people in schools and organisations throughout the country. Other major partners include Baillie Gifford, JP Morgan, Accenture and ScotlandIS.

Neil Logan, Chief Executive Officer, Incremental Group said, “As digital transformation continues to play a key role in the missions and strategies of many businesses across the globe, the demand for employees with high level digital technology skills is higher than ever. I think it’s great that the Digital Xtra Fund recognises and supports the change to the skills and education landscape for young people and I am thrilled that Incremental Group can support the initiative, inspiring the next generation through digital tech.”

As the world continues to shift towards a digitally-first way of thinking as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kraig Brown also added, “It is also no longer enough to just teach young people how to use technology, we need show them how it can be applied to real life – particularly in areas such as climate tech or health tech where it can make such a positive impact. Supporting innovative and meaningful projects is key to inspiring the next generation of digital leaders. Engaging with industry to help provide this context and guidance is also increasingly important. Yes, there are a lot of moving parts and it isn’t always easy linking those parts together, but we are talking about a fundamental change to the education and skills landscape for young people – of course it will be challenging. But it has to happen and Digital Xtra Fund is at the forefront of that change.”

To find out more about Digital Xtra Fund or to get involved, visit https://www.digitalxtrafund.scot/