Final update on legacy plans

On 4th October 2017, we announced that the Tech Partnership will close in September 2018. This is an update on our legacy plans. We are very pleased to say that all ongoing activities have new homes agreed, and transitions are being implemented according to plan.

TechFuture schools portfolio goes to City and Guilds

For our work in schools, in January, we invited proposals for a new home for our TechFuture portfolio of TechFuture Classroom, TechFuture Girls, TechFuture Badges and TechFuture Ambassadors – services currently used by 1,300 teachers and with 10,000 registered users. We are delighted that the outcome of the proposal process is that TechFuture has a bright future with City and Guilds, with continuity of service for schools and students and a commitment to continued investment.

We have been working closely with City and Guilds over several months to enable a seamless transfer before the new academic year. Click here for more information on the TechFuture transfer to City & Guilds.

Degrees and degree apprenticeships go to Tech Partnership Degrees

By February, it had become clear that there was very strong demand from employers and universities for their collective work on degrees and degree apprenticeships to continue, and a group of employers came together to establish a new not-for-profit organisation, Tech Partnership Degrees, for this purpose. This includes the Tech Industry Gold accredited degrees (IT Management for Business (ITMB) and Software Engineering for Business), and Tech Industry Gold accredited degree apprenticeships.

The Tech Partnership Degrees Employer Board formed with industry leaders from organisations of all sizes across the economy and now includes: Air Products, Amazon, Barclaycard, BT, Capgemini, Cisco, CGI, DWP, Fujitsu, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, JP Morgan, Lloyds Banking Group, National Childbirth Trust, Network Rail, NHS Digital, Quicksilva, SAS, TCS, Telefonica and VMWare.

In March, 400 Tech Industry Gold degree students from nine universities come together for a Tech Partnership developmental event supported by 30 companies. Employers’ ongoing commitment to the programme was underlined with the award of 19 work shadowing opportunities for talented students with the CEOs / CIOs of organisations as wide ranging as Accenture, Openreach, DXC Technology, the Metropolitan Police and National Grid, as well as many employer board members.

We have continued to support employers in the development of a Cyber Security BSc degree apprenticeship and a ‘Digital & Technology Solutions’ Masters degree apprenticeship with a comprehensive ‘core and options’ structure. Both are now in the final stages of approval by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

The website for the new organisation, is now live, and Tech Partnership Degrees takes over this portfolio of work from the Tech Partnership on 1st September 2018. Click here for the announcement.


Whilst work on degree apprenticeships will continue through Tech Partnership Degrees, employers have been making decisions about their needs for support on apprenticeships at levels 2, 3 and 4, including External Quality Assurance which ensures parity of end point assessment across different awarding organisations. Following an invitation for proposals earlier in the year, the employers of the Digital Apprenticeship Board selected NSAR (the National Skills Academy for Rail) to support them on External Quality Assurance, based on their deep expertise in apprenticeships and commitment to the employer-led digital skills agenda. Click here for more information on the transfer to NSAR.

The Digital Apprenticeship Board was also pleased that BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has agreed to act as its secretariat, supporting its role in bringing together employer leadership for digital apprenticeships. BCS will also support employers in their collective work on apprenticeship standards at levels 2, 3 and 4 from 20th August onwards.

Certification for digital apprenticeships transferred to Instructus Skills (the sector body for business skills) as of 1st July 2018. Click here for more information on the transfer to Instructus Skills.

Essential Digital Skills

Decisions have also been made on essential digital skills. Following a wide ranging consultation with input from over 300 organisations, and working with Lloyds Banking Group and other stakeholders, we created an updated Essential Digital Skills Framework to reflect current needs and help everyone to benefit from the skills needed to thrive in the digital world at home and at work. Responsibility for the framework is now transferring to government, and the new Digital Skills Entitlement for adults will be based on it.

Other work

Throughout this activity to transfer ongoing work, we have also continued to deliver on other commitments, including a DCMS-sponsored project which sets out to improve student employability and the flow of talent into digital careers by encouraging a better alignment of language used in industry and academia. Please click here for more on ‘Language Matters’.

Looking to the future

Below is a table summarising homes and contact details. We thank you again for your interest and support. For twenty years, working together, we have made a real difference to industry, education and most importantly, the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people. We hope our legacy will live on and flourish, and we encourage you to please get in touch with the new organisations if you would like to stay involved. Thank you again.


 Area of work Includes New organisation Contacts
  • TechFuture Classroom
  • TechFuture Girls
  • TechFuture Badges
  • TechFuture Ambassadors
 City & Guilds
07718 092113

 Higher Education

(Degrees and Degree Apprenticeships)

  • Tech Industry Gold accreditation
  • IT Management for Business (ITMB) and Software
  • Engineering for Business (SEfB)
  • Digital Degree Apprenticeships
 Tech Partnership Degrees
07766 523530

  • External Quality Assurance
0203 021 0575
  • Certification
 Instructus Skills
01536 738631
  • Levels 2, 3 ,4 employer support
07814 889692
 Essential Digital Skills
  • Skills Framework
020 7783 8667