Monday 20 November 2023

Bishop Burton College, the lead provider partner for the Local Skills Improvement Fund in Hull and East Yorkshire, has won £2.5 million from the Department for Education to create cutting edge training solutions for the region for the next two years.

The investment will transform local people’s skills and employability, creating a trained workforce ready to take on the jobs needed to strengthen the region’s competitiveness in rapidly developing sectors.

Bill Meredith, Principal and Chief Executive of Bishop Burton College, said: “It is clear that the future workforce will need a very different set of skills from those of the past. The two strands of this project ensure that the region’s key industry sectors will be able to recruit employees with the necessary technical skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of the current industrial revolution arising from digitalisation, automation, robotics and AI.

“The way in which we teach the new technologies will also be a focus, with exciting developments such as the use of virtual reality to simulate real working environments. A further objective of the project will be to prepare employees to be adaptable, with the ability to re-skill and potentially take on portfolio careers, as business needs change”.

The college submitted two applications, endorsed by the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce as the designated Employer Representative Body for the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP), in partnership with TEC Partnership (East Riding College), Hull College, Wyke 6th Form College, Wilberforce Sixth Form College, HETA, and the Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.