People across the North East are set to benefit from a share of more than £200 million to transform skills training in key industries such as advanced manufacturing and engineering, health and life sciences and digital which will help them launch careers closer to home.
From next year, colleges and other training providers across the region will start to offer these exciting opportunities, which have been specifically aligned to the priority sectors identified by local employers in their Local Skills Improvement Plans.
Innovative projects have given the go ahead, which will support people to gain the skills needed to launch careers in the green sector and support the local economy to grow.
Sunderland College is part of the Northeast provider partnership led by the North East Automotive Alliance and East Durham College which has been awarded funding to provide opportunities in advanced manufacturing and engineering, construction, digital, health and life science, transport and logistics.
The LSIP partnership comprises four projects, with the college directing the advanced manufacturing and engineering initiative which will see a new curriculum introduced alongside enhanced collaborative employer engagement that will create a step change in industry skills and knowledge across the region, in line with digital advancements.
A programme to deliver aspiration-raising CEIAG in schools and promote learning programmes and careers in engineering will also be launched, addressing the current shortfall of applicants for key jobs within the sector.
Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: “This investment is about boosting local industries, building people’s skills and ultimately future proofing our economy and the career prospects of the next generation.
“Our local skills projects will bring together regional organisations, businesses and education providers to respond to the specific needs of employers, building an increasingly skilled workforce and growing local economies.
“Whether it is green skills, construction, engineering or digital, thousands more people can now gain the skills they need to secure good jobs closer to home. These are long-term plans that will ensure every area can have a brighter future.”
As part of the government’s work to support more people to gain the skills they need to secure rewarding careers, the British Chambers of Commerce and other employer representative organisations were commissioned to lead work to publish local skills improvement plans, published in the summer, so the training on offer better meets the current and future skills needs of local areas.
Jane Gratton, Deputy Director of Public Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses are crying out for more people with technical skills to fill the great jobs we have today and new ones in the developing green economy.
“It’s vital that everyone can access the training they need locally to grasp these opportunities.
“Business-led LSIPs are setting out the skills needs and opportunities, and this new funding will ensure the right training solutions are put in place.”
The funding will also make sure more people can access Higher Technical Qualifications – that sit between A level, T levels and degrees – to gain in-demand skills including digital, health care and engineering as alternatives to a traditional three-year degree. HTQs are designed in close collaboration with employers, so they equip students with the skills they need to go onto further study or straight into a good job.
The investment in local areas announced today is just one way the government is boosting skills, alongside a huge range of other high-quality programmes including T levels, free courses for jobs and Skills Bootcamps.
More than 40,000 people started a Skills Bootcamp in the last financial year, exceeding the government’s ambitious target. Skills Bootcamps are free short courses with an offer of a job interview on completion. They are available across the country in a wide range of subjects including heat pump engineering, electric vehicle maintenance, and digital.
Sunderland College students showcased skills at AoC Conference & Exhibition.
November 23, 2023
Sunderland College Students awarded work experience placements as part of AoC Conference & Exhibition.
November 14, 2023
Sunderland College student has been named a finalist in the Higher Education Student of the Year category of the Association of College’s awards.
November 1, 2023
Our achievement rates are well above the national average.
We are the College of the Year.
(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)
100% of our HND and HNC students progressed to employment or further study.
(*Destination data, academic year 2016/17, HNC 19+)
We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.