Funding secured to support Lancashire’s digital sector

The Lancashire Colleges (TLC), a partnership of Sixth Form, Tertiary and General Further Education (FE) Colleges in Lancashire, has secured over £44,000 of funding for an ambitious new project ‘Developing Digital Skills in Lancashire.’ This funding will support local colleges to further develop their work with employers, enable the sharing of industry and college experience to inform excellent teaching and learning and provide outstanding learning opportunities which are embedded in real experience.

The project focuses on the digital sector, a key priority growth area for Lancashire. It will ensure learners are ready for employment with the skills and knowledge that are needed by Lancashire’s digital employers and the local economy. 

It will also encourage experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in FE as well as supporting the development of local partnerships and collaborations to ensure that curriculum remains relevant to the digital sector. 

The project supports the work of the Lancashire Colleges as they prepare for the introduction of T Level qualifications across a range of areas including digital, construction and education and childcare.

Four of Lancashire’s colleges – Blackpool and The Fylde College, Cardinal Newman College, Nelson and Colne College and Runshaw College – have been chosen as part of a select group of early providers to deliver the new qualifications including the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level from September 2020. Burnley College and Preston’s College will also start delivery of T Levels from September 2021.  

The funding, administered by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), comes from the Taking Teaching Further programme which is part of the Government’s wider commitment to support the FE sector to prepare for T Levels.   

Michelle Howard, Executive Director at TLC, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding. The project will give an excellent opportunity for the Lancashire Colleges to further enhance their work with organisations across the digital sector; supporting the development of local partnerships and collaborations which truly meet the needs of the sector.” 

If you work in the digital sector in Lancashire and are interested in finding out more about how you can get involved please call 01772 225129 or email info@tlc.ac.uk.