A tech startup that aims to connect people with job and volunteering opportunities in the care sector during the COVID-19 crisis has been awarded government funding to develop its digital platform.
SureCert has beaten off competition from 1,600 other projects to be named one of just 18 innovators to receive financial rewards under the TechFore19 challenge.
The challenge is an NHSX Covid-19 response initiative focussed on creating a pool of technologies that have the potential to rapidly scale regionally and nationally.
Up to £25,000 will be awarded to each successful startup.
SureCert, which has offices in Belfast, Edinburgh and London, digitises the recruitment process by matching people with employment and volunteering openings.
Supported by Experian, it also manages background checks, enabling policy makers to better understand the labour market and volunteering supply and demand, all without the need for face-to-face contact, speeding up the recruitment process.
SureCert CEO Ian Savage said: “This grant from NHSx, will enable us to immediately start a trial seeking volunteers for the care sector, already we’re collaborating with Scottish Care and Care England.
“Our secure digital platform has been operating for three years and is extremely simple to use and has the ability to assist thousands of people.”
Iain O’Neil, NHSX Director of Digital Transformation, said: “The TechForce19 challenge has harnessed some of the incredible talent we have in our tech sector, to help the most vulnerable and many of the problems created by isolation lend themselves to digital solutions – we hope this process will help people take advantage of the potential that digital technology offers.”