College-employer partnership secures investment to increase green and digital skills in capital – FE News

London South East Colleges has partnered with 12 other continuing education providers in the region and secured almost £2.5 million to improve the region’s supply of green skills.

Funded by the DfE London Local Strategic Development Fund provides much-needed capital and revenue investment to develop teaching and learning environments dedicated to green technologies.

This pioneering partnership will focus on working with employers to ensure each program is geared towards the skills needs of the industry. This content will then be shared across the network to maximize consistency, quality assurance, and value.

Seven local Green Lab training centers are funded by the project, supporting employers and learners at the 13 colleges with industry-standard facilities.

In addition to the partnership of 13 FE colleges (list below), more than 30 employers support the project, as well as 11 local authorities and five chambers of commerce.

Dr Sam Parrett CBE, Group Director and CEO of London & South East Education Group, says:

“This unique collaboration between providers, employers and local authorities demonstrates the unique impact that partnerships can have on delivery.

“Together, we have been able to secure a level of funding that allows us to make a real difference, not only by providing a high quality offer, but by ensuring that this offer really meets the skills needs of employers.

“Having recently held our first event for employers, we look forward to further developing this partnership and expanding our links with green industry. There are so many exciting job opportunities in this industry that we are working hard to secure a pool of much-needed skills to fill those jobs, now and in the future.

Alongside this project, London South East Colleges also runs the GLA-funded Local London Green and Digital Mayoral Academy.

This is a partnership between FE colleges and London boroughs, which aims to help Londoners prepare for the emerging needs of the green and digital sectors – complementing the DfE’s Strategic Development Fund.

Collaboration is at the heart of both projects, linked to local skills improvement plans that put the needs of employers and local skills at the center of post-16 education.

Sarah Murray, Director of Local Londonsaid:

“Congratulations to London South East Colleges for securing this important investment. Collaboration between education providers, businesses and local authorities is essential to identify where the growth of green and digital jobs will occur and to ensure that local people have the skills and training to prepare them for these roles. exciting.

“Employers on the Green and Digital Advisory Committee will play a key role in helping to steer this investment in the right direction. This unique project will pave the way for us to contribute to social mobility and broaden the participation of all in the emerging green and digital sectors.

The full list of partners involved in this project is:


South East London Colleges

New municipal college

Newham College

Barnet and Southgate College

Waltham College of Forestry

Barking and Dagenham College

Capital College

Capel Manor College

New Vic 6th Form College

Shooters Hill 6th form

Leyton College 6th form

St George Monoux College

Lewisham College

Other partners:

London first

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