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Colleges in Coventry and Warwickshire will receive funding of more than £ 5million as part of a pilot program to reshape technical skills training in the region.
WCG (formerly Warwickshire College Group), Coventry College, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) and Stratford-upon-Avon College will all receive part of the funding after a successful group offering.
The funding will be used to create a Coventry and Warwickshire strategy for technical education and see new facilities and courses created, as well as staff recruited and trained at colleges to implement the strategy.
Coventry and Warwickshire is one of 18 pilot groups in the Skills Accelerator program, which integrates the pioneers of the Local Skills Improvement Plan and the pilots of the Strategic Development Fund.
The skills acceleration program is a key part of the government’s plan to reshape the technical skills system – ensuring that education supply meets the region’s skill demands.
The four colleges in Coventry and Warwickshire will work with education actors such as LEP Coventry and Warwickshire, local authorities and employers to meet the region’s skills priorities.
The funding will be used to improve delivery in three key areas, including electrification and battery technology, creation, culture and digital, and construction, transport and logistics.
New adapted training facilities will also be developed in the colleges to allow a more solid service for the three sectors.
Angela Joyce, CEO of WCG, said: “That Coventry and Warwickshire be named a pilot region for the Skills Accelerator program is fantastic and proves that our region is at the forefront of the national campaign to provide effective technical education. .
“For WCG, the funding will allow us to expand our service in vital sectors, including electrification and battery technology, as well as construction, transportation and logistics – areas that will drive the bright future of our business. region.
“A collaborative approach is important to help close the skills gap and this funding will be used to create an effective region-wide strategy. “
The offer was supported by Louise Bennett, Managing Director of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
She said: “One of the key issues that we hear repeatedly from members is the need for the right people, with the right skills to help businesses grow.
“We are therefore delighted that Coventry and Warwickshire have been chosen as a pilot area for the skills acceleration program, together with our brilliant FE colleges in the region.
“This is an opportunity to shape a skills supply adapted to the economic needs of the region and to help companies recruit for the positions they need to be able to develop while helping people to develop the skills they need. need for a great career. “