The Supporting Technical Education in Lancashire (STELa) project will increase engagement of Lancashire’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in technical education - both through supporting students with industrial placements and work experience, and in their involvement co-creating curricula that meet business needs of today and tomorrow.
STELa launched April 2021 and is funded by the European Social Fund, involving around 400 SMEs across the county. We are proactively working with employers through Advisory and Focus Groups to ensure we design a Technical Educational Curriculum, which offers our students work placement and project-based learning opportunities ahead of the roll out of T-Levels in September 2023.
Lancaster & Morecambe College is one of five STELa education partners across the Lancashire area, and the initiative is being led regionally by The Lancashire Colleges.
STELa has been designed to help SMEs to:
Local business, JM Horseboxes, recently visited Lancaster & Morecambe College to meet with staff and students and discuss their business growth plan, which involves hiring five new apprentices from our Construction & Engineering departments. Deborah Collier, STELa Project Co-ordinator, met with the Senior Management Team at JM to explore the technical opportunities that they as a business can offer our learners.