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The news that The Lancashire Colleges (TLC) have been awarded £4.5m Local Skills Improvement Funding (LSIF) by the Department of Education is being celebrated by senior leaders at Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC) this week. The additional funding will allow colleges from across Lancashire to build new training facilities, providing their learners with the opportunity to work with the very latest technology and develop the skills required within their chosen sector.
Lancaster & Morecambe College will receive funding as part of two main projects; Skills for Sustainability and Farm to Fork. The Skills for Sustainability project focuses on the development of cutting-edge teaching and training opportunities relating to net-zero carbon technologies within the Construction, Energy and Transport sectors. The funding will allow LMC to develop a range of sustainable training modules, including retrofit and decarbonization, and the creation of an innovative new construction and engineering teaching space.
The Farm to Fork project will enhance LMC’s current Bay School of Hospitality provision by providing funding for the installation of an industry-standard, low carbon kitchen and the development of a L5 sustainability qualification for teachers and educators.
Charlotte Rawes, LMC’s Vice Principal Progress and Performance was pleased to hear that the funding bid had been successful.
I am delighted that LMC will receive this additional funding as part of the Lancashire Colleges’ allocation. As a collaborative network, we provide education and training to almost 100,000 learners each year across Lancashire, and the LSIF funding will enhance the fantastic work we are already doing around embedding sustainability across our whole curriculum. Being able to invest in state-of-the-art learning facilities will enable our students to develop the skills and knowledge that employers require, and will support them to progress within their chosen sector.
The Locals Skills Improvement Fund was announced by the Department for Education on 10 November as part of a £200 million funding boost to support local areas to offer more high-quality training opportunities to meet local skills needs, including Higher Technical Qualifications. This is part of a government drive to level up the country, get more people into good jobs close to home, plug skills gaps and grow the economy.