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LMC supports organisation to embed technical skills in community

Posted: 16.12.2020

Tech Lancaster is an industry-led training organisation based in Lancaster. Formed from a consortium of local employers in the electronics and technology sector, the innovative education and training programme was born from a desire to address the sector skills gap in Lancaster, Morecambe and the wider Lancashire area.

The team are currently enrolling for a FREE 12 week “Fast Track” Electronics Skills programme starting Friday, 1 January 2021.

The organisation is prioritising applications from ex-military veterans, recent graduates and career changers/returners from any previous practical or technical role in any sector. The programme is open to those currently in and out of employment and all activities are Covid-19 safe.

On completing the course, participants will be skill-ready for employment options such as electronics production operatives, electronics technicians and electronics design engineers, and will be guaranteed an interview with a local employer.

Wes Johnson, Principal at Lancaster & Morecambe College said:

Lancaster & Morecambe College are delighted to support the Tech Lancaster Project, designed to increase awareness and develop skills to support the local electronics industries.

In November 2019 the college hosted the District Skills Forum for Electronics Industry, I had the privilege of chairing this event and meeting the key employers within this industry to discuss challenges such as skills gaps and lack of information and knowledge about the key local employers and careers available.

We are delighted that as a direct result of this meeting an opportunity such as Tech Lancaster has been developed. LMC fully support the project and will continue to work with the sector to develop new opportunities to benefit our local communities and employers.

The project partially originated due to a technology skills forum held at The Business & Conference Centre at the College, which provided a great opportunity for local employers and persons within the education sector to brainstorm and network with the hopes of solving recruitment issues and skills gaps, especially needed for roles within the tech industry.

The College has further gone on to support the project, seeing it as a valuable and needed opportunity for anyone venturing into the world of tech. Electronics are a huge part of the digital economy as well as local economy, and it is key that the sector continues to get investment for training and education. 

Support from LMC includes social media assistance, through the Upskilling Lancashire project. This has been designed to support local SME’s with their digital marketing and training requirements, as well as providing them with information and tools to begin the process of hiring trainees or apprentices, each course is FREE and can benefit companies greatly.

The College is also committed to offering their facilities to Tech Lancaster for the physical aspects of the tech courses as well as any other needs the project may have, and are excited to be involved with the planning and operations of the courses taking place.