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Leading College invites FE partners to join £2.5 million consortium

Truro and Penwith College is leading the region's bid for a £2.5 million investment in Further Education.

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Published Monday 19 June 2023

Truro and Penwith College is inviting post-16 and independent training providers from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to join its consortium that will lead the region’s bid for £2.5 million of the UK Government’s Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF).

Designed to enable Further Education providers (16-18) across a geographic region to respond collaboratively to the priorities of their Local Skills Improvement Plan, the Department for Education (DfE) has made £80 million available to successful bids across the UK for the 2023/24 academic year.

If the College’s consortium bid is successful, the £2.5 million available for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be invested in new facilities & equipment and delivery & development of new courses and curriculum.

Subject areas to benefit are those identified in Cornwall’s Local Skills Improvement Plan as economic growth areas for quality future careers, including; Sustainable Construction & Retrofit, Manufacturing, Engineering and Marine.

A bricklaying student in a grey hoodie smiles down the camera which laying blocks in one of the College's Construction areas.
Construction is one of the areas set to benefit from the Fund.

Funds will also support FE providers across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to deliver a sustainable approach to addressing the local skills needs, supporting excellence in college leadership, governance and teaching.

Charli Styles, Programme Team Leader for Future Skills at Truro and Penwith College is leading the College’s bid and commented: “Truro and Penwith College is extremely proud to be leading the charge for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s bid to receive £2.5 million from the Local Skills Improvement Fund.

“The proposed application of the funds aligns perfectly with the College’s Future Skills Institute and range of high quality, future-focussed courses, that if successful will see socio-economic benefits ripple across the region.

“The College cannot mount a successful bid without bringing together further and technical education partners from our geographical area to work in partnership to deliver the best possible outcomes so we encourage providers to get in touch with us as we work to further improve future skills delivery for the benefit of our economy and communities.”

Providers that wish to learn more should contact charlis@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

Find more information on the UK Government’s Local Skills Improvement Fund online.

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