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Proud To Be A Key Partner in Community Skills Development Pilot Scheme

St Vincent College is proud to be a key partner in a brand-new pilot scheme that aims to support the development of a high-value curriculum offer in support of longer-term skills priorities in the local area and strengthen colleges’ relationships with employers.

The Strategic Development Fund pilot, led by Fareham College, will see 11 Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges in the Solent region work collaboratively on a range of projects designed to support the upskilling and reskilling of local people and provide businesses with the skilled workforce they need to be successful in a post-COVID economy.

The projects will assist local businesses with their recovery by providing them with better access to the training they require, when and how they need it. They will enable the reskilling and upskilling of people across the Solent region by providing a variety of high-quality, accessible education and training that meets the future economic needs of local communities; will support businesses by driving innovation and addressing skills gaps through establishing sought after services for employers at our region’s local colleges, and they will create an impactful post-16 educational and skills system that addresses counter-productive competition between institutions.


St Vincent College Principal, Andy Grant said ”St Vincent is proud be working in partnership with local colleges to deliver one of the Strategic Development Fund pilots in the Solent region. This is an ambitious set of projects that will showcase the best that the Post-16 education sector has to offer, and we welcome the opportunity to work with our partners to meet the development needs of local businesses and industries”.

The colleges involved in this pilot include: Fareham College, Isle of Wight College, HSDC, Eastleigh College, Brockenhurst College, Southampton City College, Highbury College, Portsmouth College, Itchen College, Barton Peveril College and the Lighthouse Learning Trust comprising Richard Taunton’s and St Vincent Colleges.

Projects include providing the skills needed for a future green economy and for jobs related to carbon reduction. The Strategic Development Fund will aim to support small business growth in the region. An exciting aspect of the project is the proposal for a College Business Centre which will bring colleges and employers together, working in partnership with Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. Watch this space for further information in the coming week.

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