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Skills, Education and Employment

We are committed to developing a well-motivated workforce with the skills that business needs. We need to ensure that the SEP target of 33,000 new jobs created by 2021 is not hampered by lack of available skills: ‘our workforce will be the lifeblood of our economy: young people will be inspired and older workers valued...’

This programme is where the investment of European funds most directly supports the implementation of our Strategic Economic Plan and where the LEP provides key evidence – labour market intelligence and economic data – to inform the interventions of skills providers. 

Skills Capital Projects

The 2018 Skills Capital Prospectus is now live, inviting applications for new Local Growth Fund skills capital projects.  There is a total £3.1m of funding available. 

This new round of applications has a more flexible approach to match funding, which can include staff time. We are keen to encourage innovative ideas from a variety of education providers.  Our existing skills solutions labs have been very successful and we have recently funded the University of Reading to deliver Health Reach, a mobile medical laboratory for schools.  Investment is available for the purchase of equipment; specialist software/hardware; remodelling or extension of current facilities; and new build facilities. 

Funding is to be awarded in the current financial year and there are two review periods, when completed Expressions of Interest will be considered.

  • 24 August 2018
  • 23 November 2018