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Future Skills Programme

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A new three-year programme of support to boost apprenticeships in industry with a future focus which support new and emerging technologies has now launched with the application process due to open in November. The fund will create 5 Future Apprenticeship fairs aimed to support our communities in accessing apprenticeship opportunities in growth areas of new and emerging technologies, as businesses move towards net zero carbon targets outlined in the Green Agenda.

The programme also offers support packages for businesses looking to create a skills pipeline into future jobs with the support of a dedicated Future Skills Advisor Louise Stolz (email LS). The project will see industry specific employer round tables set up to enable industry to communicate with the college and provider network to ensure the local skills offer will support the future skills requirements. To support this activity, we aim to shape and deliver a skills share pilot to enable our colleges to access industry specialists as we know they face challenges in recruiting teaching staff with experience that industry requires. This pilot will demonstrate the importance of employers in the future role industry has in the classroom and the value it can add in shaping the future workforce.