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News: New fund­ing offers busi­ness­es excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to devel­op and train their work­force for the future

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Not­ting­ham Col­lege has won a slice of the Government’s £65m Skills Accel­er­a­tor pro­gramme which will see mon­ey being invest­ed local­ly on new and inno­v­a­tive train­ing pro­grammes, designed with employ­ers, to meet the skills needs of busi­ness­es now and in the future.

The College’s share of the fund­ing will see impor­tant inno­va­tions in train­ing with­in mod­ern sus­tain­able con­struc­tion, engi­neer­ing, dig­i­tal and the health sci­ences sectors. 

Four new Skills and Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty Boards will be estab­lished to help shape the train­ing offer in each sec­tor area with fund­ing ear­marked for more than 100 new train­ing cours­es to be deliv­ered between now and end of March 2022

To help design and cre­ate each course, and ensure it direct­ly responds to the needs of local busi­ness­es, employ­ers are invit­ed to come for­ward and become mem­bers of each board. The Boards will meet vir­tu­al­ly and review and con­tribute insights from each sec­tor area before meet­ing to design spe­cif­ic course ele­ments to help upskill and devel­op exist­ing and future employees. 

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. 

Funds are ear­marked for research and engage­ment with employ­ers and for a series of tri­als of new pro­vi­sion. It will also pay for new equip­ment so that new cours­es can be deliv­ered using kit that reflects the indus­try stan­dard and will see employ­ers receiv­ing pay­ment to offer sup­port to col­lege teach­ers seek­ing to upskill in readi­ness to deliv­er train­ing to future generations. 

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 with each col­lege focussing on sec­tors preva­lent with­in their local area. 

This new scheme presents a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty for employ­ers to co-cre­ate train­ing that meets their needs. Small and large employ­ers are being sought to con­tribute via the Skills and Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty Boards. All those inter­est­ed in tak­ing part should get in touch as soon as pos­si­ble so that inau­gur­al meet­ings can be established.

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  • 13th August 2021 (11:55 AM)
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