STELa (Supporting Technical Education in Lancashire)

Supporting Technical Education in Lancashire (STELa)

Supporting Technical Edxcation in Lancashire (STELa)

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.

What is the STELa project?

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.

How can STELa support my business?

STELa has been designed to help SMEs to:

  • better understand their workforce and skills needs and the potential opportunities for industry placements and other work experience opportunities;
  • promote the benefits of greater engagement in the education and skills system be that through offering placement opportunities or influencing curriculum content;
  • increase the volume and variety of industry placements and other work experience opportunities available for college students;
  • develop and trial innovative placement and work experience models which may be more attractive or practical for the SME’s individual circumstances and/or more appropriate to a student’s needs;
  • support them before, during and after placements take place to ensure they are meaningful and add value for both the SME and the student as well as being safe and compliant. The support provided to each SME will be bespoke according to their needs and the number and type of placements they are able to provide.
  • design and develop the content of the technical education curriculum through involvement in advisory and focus groups, helping to ensure it meets their current and emerging skills needs;
  • design engaging and practical ways to involve them in curriculum delivery e.g. through offering masterclasses or project-based learning opportunities to students;
  • refer them to alternative sources of support where e.g. a workforce skills development need is identified during the course of this project.

Testimonial | JM Horseboxes

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.

Contact Us

To learn more about how STELa can support your business, and to learn about our Apprenticeship or Work Placement programmes, get in touch with us.