LEP’s investment in skills helps region recover
LEP March President Mandy Thorn MBE said the organization’s work over the past decade to develop the skills base in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin would pay huge dividends in the recovery of the region after the lockdown.
She said LEP – which this year celebrates 10 years since its launch – was proud to have invested more than Â£ 5million in improving skills in the region.
âLEP has worked with schools, colleges and universities to ensure that the region has all the skills needed to lead the way in the modern world,â she said.
“The work we have done over a decade of delivering to improve the skills and knowledge of our workforce will be crucial for us as we emerge from the pandemic period, helping to ensure that businesses can adopt new technologies, new working practices and seize new opportunities. that will emerge.
âThe unique way in which LEP brings together partners from business, academia and local authorities means that training and the supply of skills can be strategically developed to meet the needs of businesses and ensure the thriving of the region.
âWith our capital investment in growth skills, we have been able to target investments exactly where they are needed to help develop state-of-the-art facilities in which a new generation can be equipped with the skills to thrive for years to come. to come. “
Examples of LEP investments:
â¦ Â£ 197,400 to help Herefordshire and Ludlow College set up the new land and automotive engineering workshop on its Holme Lacy campus.
â¦ Â£ 464,763 to develop a center of excellence for engineering and manufacturing in Herefordshire run by Herefordshire & Ludlow College and the Herefordshire Group Training Association.
â¦ Â£ 483,000 for the Shrewsbury Colleges Group to purchase equipment for the Manufacturing Skills Hub to enable a range of learning activities. The equipment includes mechatronic distribution and sorting stations, robotic workstations, lathes, crushers, welders, lifts, computers and workstations.
â¦ Â£ 424,000 for the North Shropshire Colleges Group to support investments in infrastructure, hardware and software to improve computing and digital learning resources for the benefit of the institution’s students and apprentices.
â¦ Â£ 1.979 million for the Marches Center of Manufacturing and Technology for the manufacturing training center in Bridgnorth.
â¦ Â£ 520,000 to Telford College as part of the ‘Investing in Our Future Workforce’ project to develop a virtual and augmented reality (VAR) training suite for students to engage with the latest platforms and virtual reality learning.
â¦ LEP funding has also helped 15,771 new learners and contributed to the creation of 2,110 apprenticeship places since 2015.
Along with these programs, LEP Marche has received independent praise for ensuring that the skills and training offer meet the needs of the region.
The Local Skills Report – produced independently by specialist consultancy Hatch – says LEP has played a key leadership role in developing skills programs that meet the needs of businesses in the region and will help it. to thrive in the post-pandemic world.
â¦ Highly praised LEP-supported programs include the new Marche Center of Excellence for Health and Social Care in Telford, developed by the University of Wolverhampton, a learning offering demand-driven for the employer of Oswestry Aico and the training offer at the new Cyber ââSecurity Center in Hereford.
The report also highlighted the launch of the Carrefour des CarriÃ¨res du Marches LEP, the development of a new automotive engineering training center by Shrewsbury Colleges Group and LEP’s support to the Shropshire Chamber to develop a virtual career counseling service.