LMC is proud to be our community’s provider of technical, professional and creative education, focused on providing young people and adults with the skills and knowledge to enable them to progress into employment or on to further study. We work closely with our local employers to shape every curriculum pathway, ensuring our graduating students are highly employable with the skills that local businesses need.
We work with around 700 employers across Lancashire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire, offering training and development opportunities and building strong and sustainable relationships with local businesses. Our Employer Engagement Team offer a free training consultancy service helping businesses to achieve and we continually strive to ensure that we provide the skills and expertise to meet the demands of local employers, across all sectors.
We are excited to be working in partnership with Eden Project Learning to develop the new, place-based, Morecambe Bay Curriculum, to meet future employment needs and to utilise our wonderful local landscape as a unique learning resource.
In February 2019, LMC hosted the launch event of the LDRBN. Working in partnership with Lancaster City Council and a wide range of local businesses, the aim is to develop a forum where employers, schools and local agencies can work together to showcase vocational opportunities, tackle recruitment & skill shortages and support young people and disadvantaged groups into work.
This year we have signed a memorandum of understanding with Lancaster University, pledging to work together to develop activities and carry out research to help support the community, trigger economic regeneration and enhance educational provision. Together with local schools and Eden Project North, we will continue to work in partnership to develop the Morecambe Bay Curriculum. Apprenticeship opportunities and extended work placements for LMC students in University settings will also be developed and there are plans to establish a physical University presence at the College campus.
We are working in partnership with EDF to develop a new curriculum offer, creating career progression pathways into the nuclear industry and are pleased to have joined the National College for Nuclear (NCfN) collaborative network as an approved provider. Mark Lees, Station Director at Heysham 2 power station, said: “EDF and Heysham power stations have long established, fantastic links with Lancaster and Morecambe College with its excellent engineering offer for young people and adults locally, and we are delighted that they are now part of the National College for Nuclear.
Over the last few years we have built a strong and effective relationship with Inspira, the Cumbrian-based careers and personal development organisation. We work together to support young people and adults to develop employability skills, creating meaningful encounters with the world of work through their Enterprise Advisor Network and National Careers Service. Each year, hundreds of our students take part in the National Citizen Service programme where they have the opportunity to try out challenging activities, develop crucial skills and create their own “social action” community project.
The Port & Logistics Industry is a growth sector in our district, with upwards of 4,000 people employed locally. The aim of the steering group is to bring together with local experts, to help and support the development of a post-16 curriculum offer which will meet the specific needs of the industry. The collaboration will help overcome some of the current and potential challenges they face; an ageing workforce, a lack of skills and understanding of the industry and wider knowledge of the careers available within the Port and Logistics sectors.
Taking part in the discussion were representatives from EDF, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce, Seatruck Ferries, Lancaster Port Commission, Kidd’s Transport, SCS Logistics, Peel Ports, Lancaster Training Services, Lancaster University, University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire and local awarding organization, Ascentis. Following the first meeting, it was agreed that the main priority is to raise the profile of the Port & Logistics Industry locally, with increased knowledge & understanding of the breadth of employment opportunities available within the sector.
With over 95% of imports entering the UK via ports, the growth of both Heysham & Glasson Dock will continue to provide a wealth of employment locally and addressing the current skills shortage is essential.