Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will shortly be responsible for designing and delivering strategies to ensure the best usage of EU structural funds and Government funding of infrastructure and capital projects. Each of the 39 LEP areas are to receive a funding allocation which must be spent in line with overarching priorities for their region. Colleges have a key role to play in improving the supply of skills and creating the conditions to support enterprise development at a local and regional level. NEF is pleased to be working with GFirst (Gloucester First) the Local Enterprise Partnership in the Gloucestershire region to develop a region-wide STEM strategy that meets the needs of their employers.
NEF would be pleased to support colleges that wish to develop innovative strategies that aim to improve the STEM capacity and capability in a region and drive innovation. This could be through the development of Innovation Hubs and specialist new or emerging technology laboratories and facilities that have the potential to generate real value and social benefit to local economies.
So let’s work together to propose innovative solutions that make your application more attractive for funding support, and help accelerate growth in your region. For further information please contact Michelle Medhat on email@example.com or call us on 0208 786 3677.
Now more than ever, having an up to date technical and scientific knowledge is expected by employers. This differentiates college curriculum and strengthens the individual lecturer’s capability. The net effect of this is better employer engagement, more students attracted to the programmes, and ultimately, better OFSTED grades.
NEF’s Masterclass programme brings you the hottest, cutting-edge, technical topics that will revitalise your STEM curriculum and inject industry thinking and practice into educating your students. Check out the following upcoming Masterclasses:
26 March – Power Industry Training Masterclass with Lincoln University. The Engineering Hub is the first purpose-built school of Engineering to be created in the UK for more than 20 years. This Masterclass will offer you a chance to see the new Engineering Hub at Lincoln University and the training centre for Siemens. Facilities on show include large industrial gas 5-15MW turbines and advanced manufacturing equipment like 3-D printing and laser machinery. Read more here
8 May – Innovative Workshop Skills with Axminster Tool & Machinery. Axminster Tool & Machinery is the UK market leader in the mail order tools and machinery industry. At this Masterclass the company will be demonstrating industry standard and educational tools to support colleges in ensuring their facilities for engineering, construction, furniture and product design, food production and so on, are up-to-date and their teaching of practical skills is fit-for-purpose. Read more here.
23 May – Skills for Aerospace with Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group. The space industry in the UK is a small but growing sector - highly specialist and demanding of good technical skills. This event held at the Marshall AeroAcademy offers a chance to see aviation technologies up-close. The day will include an update on training in the sector and the collaborative approach by key employers, such as FlyBe and Virgin Atlantic, in developing joint working on the skill-sets that are fundamental to the industry. Read more here.