Activate Learning - received £90,000 to support the development of career pathways in construction and heritage crafts. This included the co-development of curriculum with employer stakeholders and to provide clear lines of sight to construction based careers for young people aged 14 upwards.
Ayrshire College – received £100,000 to support the development of a Skills Centre of Excellence based at an Ayrshire secondary school. The Centre enables secondary school pupils across the area to experience a range of vocational courses and facilities usually only available at FE colleges. The Centre enables schools, colleges and employers to work together to raise the profile and value of vocational qualifications amongst young people and their families as a route to further/higher education and meaningful employment.
Barking & Dagenham College – received £96,000 to support the development of a mechatronics centre within the college’s STEM centre. The project not only provided state of the art facilities for FE learners within engineering and mechatronics but provided taster activities for local schools.
Blackburn College – received £95,500 to develop their Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH). Within this facility the College works closely with local car dealerships and automotive companies to provide a real world learning environment covering automotive engineering but also sales and customer service. The facility includes a car showroom and a working garage and MOT centre. The project also initiated Master Technicians co-delivering curriculum through masterclasses, a range of scholarships – many leading to apprentice/employment offers, and established an industry Employer Network - putting the College at the heart of local employment matters.
Career Ready – received £50,000 for the development of their Think Logistics programme. This programme raises awareness amongst young people of the range of career pathways available in the logistics sector. Working with a deeply engaged cohort of logistics employers, Think Logistics offered a wide range of workshops and activities to develop employability skills and offer work experience placements.
Coleg y Cymoedd – received £100,000 for the development of a Centre for Excellence for Railway Training. The Centre delivers essential statutory training programmes for the railway industry, servicing South East Wales’ need for railway engineers. It also enables training and upskilling of current railway workers, addressing the region’s skills shortages and raising awareness amongst young people of the long term, high skilled employment opportunities offered by this sector. The Centre offers a range of apprenticeship and full time education courses.
Eden Project – received £82,000 to support the development of Eden Project Learning – a project to put education at the heart of the Eden Project. This project developed a range of work based learning programmes including both apprenticeships and higher education. The Eden Project worked in partnership with Cornwall College to offer apprenticeship in horticulture, hospitality and visitor management as well as foundation and honours degrees in horticulture, garden and landscape design, and event management.
Hackney College (now New City College) – received £78,540 to develop an apprenticeship centre for SMEs, originally based in Here East a business hub in the Olympic park but moving to the Shoreditch campus in the heart of London’s technology district. Focussing on digital media and software development, the college worked closely with leading employers in the sector to raise awareness of career opportunities in this sector and provide a range of employed endorsed qualifications.
Oldham College – received £100,000 to support the development of a digital skills centre in the heart of Oldham and Greater Manchester. The Faculty of Digital and Creative supports young people to develop the technical, academic, interpersonal and business skills to secure employment and progress their careers in the fast growing digital technologies sector. The College worked closely with local and national employers to co-design and deliver an industry relevant curriculum to underpin students’ progression to employment or business start up.
Prospects College (now part of South Essex College) – received £50,000 to develop a careers academy to provide inspirational careers advice to young people interested in railway engineering and aviation. Working closely with local employers, the STEM careers advisor co-ordinated events and careers workshops to raise awareness of opportunities in the rail and aviation industries. The project also worked with Apprentice Ambassadors – young apprentices already in the industry - who visited primary and secondary schools to provide real life role models for school pupils.
The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School - received £52,787 to set up a specialist logistics centre within the Studio School. The project delivered high quality information, advice and guidance to young people around career opportunities in the logistics industry. Supported by a range of local
Employers including Britvic and Asda, young people developed employability skills via project based learning and an amazing range of work experience and work placement opportunities.