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Cumbria sets out to improve skills development

Published: Sunday, 25 September 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Cumbria will open a range of new facilities which highlight its attempt to improve skills development opportunities and provision across the county.

A range of new facilities will be open for the first time in September and October, due to a significant investment from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

An Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre at Furness College is set to be opened this month, whilst students at the University of Cumbria will be able to utilise extended laboratory facilities to support science, technology and maths (STEM) disciplines.

The Advanced Manufacturing Centre at Carlisle College will also be open for students this term too, with a strong focus on the food and drink sector.

Tangible milestones for skills development

According to Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Director Graham Haywood, the next few weeks represent some tangible milestones for skills development in the county, given the investments made in helping training providers to increase their capacity their offering.

Over the course of the next five years, the county expects to be able to offer 56,000 new job opportunities as the economy diversifies.

All of the new developments are integral to the county meeting the growing demand from employers for highly-skilled workers.

More than £3 million was invested by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership across the developments, with funding also drawn from Regional Growth Fund resources.

First of their kind

The Advanced Manufacturing Centres in both Barrow and Carlisle are the first of their kind to be built in Cumbria, and will come with state-of-the-art training facilities in order to give students access to the latest high-tech machinery and equipment.

Meanwhile, the University of Cumbria’s new STEM labs have been developed so more students can study for degree-level qualifications in science subjects in the county.

In conjunction with the developments, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has detailed their ambitious Skills Investment Plan, which aims to improve skill levels, increase the county’s workforce and also help employers.

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