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    Skills Training boost for Staffordshire to support more people into jobs locally

    21 December 2023

    A partnership between further education institutions in the Staffordshire area, including Burton and South Derbyshire College has been awarded funding for investment in new facilities and industry-standard equipment and the development of new courses and curriculum to support people to gain the skills needed to launch careers in priority sectors and support the local economy to grow.

    The Staffordshire colleges will receive a share of £3.2M from the Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) to help transform skills training, so that local businesses can continue to tap into the skilled workforce they need to thrive, while helping more people to secure good jobs closer to home.

    From next year, the colleges will start to offer these exciting opportunities, which have been specifically aligned to the priority sectors identified by local employers in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP).  Across the Staffordshire region, employers identified skills including advanced manufacturing, advanced logistics, construction, engineering and digital as their priority areas.

    John Beaty, Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College, said:

    “We are delighted to continue to collaborate with other colleges in the region to secure funding that will help us leap forward with our motor vehicle provision, developing expertise in Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Advanced Driver Assistance System and Electric Vehicle training. We firmly believe in aligning our curriculum with industry, and employers have been central to the design of our innovative, new courses and future plans. It provides us with the opportunity to invest in new equipment and specialist staff training, all of this will move us closer to developing an Advanced Specialist Motor Vehicle Academy.

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    Contact Details

    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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