Bishop Burton College has secured £2.5 million from the Department for Education to create cutting edge training solutions to transform skills and employability, creating a trained workforce ready to take on the jobs needed to strengthen the region’s competitiveness in rapidly developing sectors.
Bill Meredith, Principal and Chief Executive of lead provider partner, Bishop Burton said “It is clear that the future workforce will need a very different set of skills from those of the past. The two strands of this project ensure that the region’s key industry sectors will be able to recruit employees with the necessary technical skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of the current industrial revolution arising from digitalisation, automation, robotics and AI.
“The way in which we teach the new technologies will also be a focus, with exciting developments such as the use of virtual reality to simulate real working environments. A further objective of the project will be to prepare employees to be adaptable, with the ability to re-skill and potentially take on portfolio careers, as business needs change”.
The college submitted two applications, endorsed by the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce as the designated Employer Representative Body for the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Skills Improvement Plan, in partnership with TEC Partnership (East Riding College), Hull College, Wyke 6th Form College, Wilberforce Sixth Form College, HETA, and the Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Project 1 will focus on Technical Transformation, developing resources and courses aligned to the key industrial sectors identified as needing investment in skills:
- Health & Social Care
- Engineering Construction
Cutting across all of these will be an emphasis on low carbon initiatives.
Project 2 will prioritise Digital Transformation to support those training the workforce of a very different employment future:
- Developing Virtual Reality (VR) and ICT infrastructure to underpin vocational training aligned to LSIP priority sectors
- Creating VR content
- Innovation in teaching and learning including AI applications
- Developing digital qualification modules and progression pathways
- Creating digital careers guidance and accessibility applications
- Teacher Training
The funding boost will mean investment in the region into:
- More high-quality training opportunities to help people kick-start careers
- Specialist technical qualifications such as apprenticeships and Higher Technical Qualifications
- A drive to get more people into good jobs closer to home
- Plugging skills gaps and growing the economy