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News: Cash for skills boost for Not­ting­ham College

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Not­ting­ham Col­lege, along with its part­ners Der­by Col­lege and Bur­ton and South Der­byshire Col­lege, has won a share of the Government’s £65m Skills Accel­er­a­tor programme.

The Skills Accel­er­a­tor pro­gramme aims to build stronger part­ner­ships between employ­ers, their rep­re­sen­ta­tives and local col­leges to respond to eco­nom­ic change, address skills short­ages and cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for local peo­ple to fill an increas­ing num­ber of job vacancies.

Dra­mat­ic advances in tech­nol­o­gy, com­mit­ments around envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­i­ty and the impact of the pan­dem­ic are chang­ing the skills local busi­ness­es need to grow. To thrive as an econ­o­my col­leges must work more togeth­er and with employ­ers to devel­op and deliv­er train­ing which meets these needs. This in turn will equip local peo­ple with the tech­ni­cal skills and com­pe­ten­cies to secure good jobs. 

The bid’s suc­cess means that fund­ing will be avail­able for the col­leges to buy the right equip­ment, employ train­ers with the right skills and expe­ri­ence and devel­op the right tech­ni­cal courses/​qualifications to be ful­ly respon­sive to the chang­ing demands of our labour markets. 

Funds will be ear­marked for research and engage­ment with employ­ers and for a series of tri­als of new provision. 

Not­ting­ham, Der­by and Bur­ton Col­leges sub­mit­ted a joint bid to reflect the needs of our region and address the diverse needs of our city economies. 

The Nation­al Skills Accel­er­a­tor pro­gramme under­pins the Government’s FE White Paper which pro­pos­es a num­ber of new pro­pos­als or reforms to improve the sector’s respon­sive­ness to eco­nom­ic need.

Skills are at the heart of any econ­o­my, an econ­o­my which is chang­ing fast. This new fund­ing will allow us to respond, work­ing with our part­ners in Der­by and Bur­ton to devel­op inno­v­a­tive cours­es that inspire local peo­ple and pre­pare them for the evolv­ing needs of our economy 

Mar­tin Sim — Inter­im Chief Exec­u­tive Officer
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  • 15th July 2021 (5:00 PM)
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