Skills Capital Fund

South East LEP (SELEP) Skills Capital Funding

Background

• SELEP received a total allocation of £22m Skills Capital Funding from the SFA for the period April 2015-April 2017 to support building, refurbishment and equipment purchase.

• This has enabled 29 projects which were funded across four funding rounds, with roughly a 50% match funding contribution from local authorities, colleges and the private sector.

• Projects are aligned to growth sectors across the LEP area and will deliver a significant number of qualifications, apprenticeships and provide industry relevant, leading edge facilities.

• Bids had to illustrate support for NEET and unemployed learners.

• Indicative figures illustrate that to 2021 across the projects there will be delivery of at least an additional 15,000 full time qualifications and 7,300 additional apprenticeships. Approximately 21,527m2 of new and improved learning and training floor space and facilities will be in place by April 2017. Additional numbers of adult learners will also be supported, with final figures being finalised.

• Ahead of SELEP Accountability Board approvals, all bids for funding went through a skills evaluation process with input from representatives from each of the federated Employment and Skills Boards to ensure a fit with growth sectors as well as SFA or independent evaluation.

• Most projects have completed and are ready to deliver and a few are still finalising. A description of the 29 projects is below.

• These projects will be showcased at the SELEP Skills event on 7th July. In the coming months, monitoring of the delivery will start and we will capture best practice, photos and case studies. We would be happy to provide further information about any of the projects if required.

College/Area Project & Description SELEP Award
     
  Round One  
     
Harlow College, Essex Harlow Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre of Excellence (HAMEC)
  • Supporting engineering, manufacturing, building services, IT and new technologies
  • Facilities and equipment includes computer aided design, 3D Modelling, testing facilities and double height ceiling buildings for robotics 200 additional learners per year (including apprenticeships)
£2,500,000
Ashford College (Hadlow Group), Kent and Medway Hadlow College Group (Ashford College redevelopment Phase 1)
  • Supporting a campus redevelopment in Ashford to deliver industry relevant training and raise aspirations removing inadequate, poor quality estate
  • Delivering training in construction, engineering, health, social care and digital media
  • 927 additional learners per year (including apprenticeships)
£9,800,000
Colchester Institute, Essex STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing) Training at Braintree College
  • Construction of a new 2 storey STEM Innovation Centre at the college Braintree campus
  • Delivering training in advanced manufacturing, technology, robotics, aviation, energy, fabrication and welding
  • 466 additional learners per year (including apprenticeships)
£3,640,000
Sussex Downs College, East Sussex Refurbished Science facilities – Sussex Downs College (Lewes)
  • Creation of a new reception / hub as part of a STEM Centre
  • Delivering STEM based training for sectors such as health and life sciences
  • 500 additional learners per year (including apprenticeships)
  • This project has under-spent and the college is in the process of submitting an application to redeploy this underspend to the wider project
£159,440
     
  Round Two  
     
Writtle College, Essex Science Hub, Written College
  • Specialist equipment to underpin the development of a bio-veterinary and applied bioscience hub including digital camera equipped microscopes, spectrophotometers chemical refrigerators and incubators.
  • Delivering training in animal veterinary, equine, sport, horticulture and agricultural science
  • Supporting at least 12 new learners per year
£38,806
Harlow College, Essex Equipment for Harlow Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre (HAMEC)
  • Specialist equipment for the HAMEC including 3-D printers, advanced milling and moulding machinery, measuring machine and CAD machines
  • As above, delivering training in construction, engineering, health, social care and digital media
£346,572
South Essex College, south Essex Centres of Excellence for Advanced Industrial Technologies and Engineering Manufacture – South Essex College
  • Two new workshops to create an Industrial Technologies Centre and Welding and Fabrication Centre. Equipment includes a hydraulic press, power rollers and a hydraulic brake press
  • Delivering training in engineering and industrial technologies
  • Supporting 120 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£73,475
Colchester Institute, Essex STEM Skills Training Equipment, Colchester Institute
  • Equipment for Colchester Institute’s STEM Centre (Colchester) and Energy Skills Centre (Harwich) including simulation rig, plasma cutter, threading machine and welding sets
  • Delivering training in advanced manufacturing and engineering
  • Supporting 160 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£161,687
     
  Round Three  
     
East Kent College, Kent and Medway Extension to construction facilities in Folkestone, East Kent College
  • Extension to construction facilities in Folkestone as current facilities at capacity and demand from employers was unmet
  • Delivering training in construction
  • Supporting 100 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£1360,000
Sussex Downs College, East Sussex Specialist Equipment for STEM Centre, Sussex Downs College (Lewes)
  • Specialist equipment for the STEM Centre including digital melting point apparatus, mass spectrometer and science equipment
  • Delivering training for STEM based sectors including engineering and medical
  • Supporting 35 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£74,914
North Kent College, Kent and Medway North Kent Dealership Centre, Gravesend, North Kent College
  • New Motor Vehicle Dealership Centre created from a redevelopment of redundant Sports Hall
  • Delivering training in motor vehicle training to meet the needs of new generation cars and responding to high employer demand in the area
  • Supporting 82 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£141,850
Harlow College, Essex Digital Labs for the Construction, Health and Social Care and Science Sectors, Harlow College
  • To develop a suite of digital technology labs through refurbishment of college buildings and equipment such as CAD machines and sensors
  • Delivering digital training in construction, health, care and science sectors
  • Supporting 175 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£350,000
Colchester Institute, Essex Raising Essex STEM Skills to Higher Levels, Colchester Institute
  • To enable delivery of STEM across growth sectors through equipment purchase, focusing on new apprenticeship frameworks, many at higher level. Equipment to include microscopes, incubators and furnace
  • Delivering STEM based training for health, care, sciences, IT and digital, refrigeration and air conditioning
  • Supporting 495 additional learners to 2021 including apprenticeships
£52,304
Plumpton College, East Sussex Growing apprenticeship and skills training in engineering, Plumpton College
  • Refurbishment of existing space to create a learning facility for higher level technical skills and remodelling of existing engineering workshop space. Supported by new fabrication and engineering equipment
  • Delivering training for engineering, motor vehicle, agriculture and welding
  • Supporting 188 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£88,474
Procat College, South Essex Advanced Construction, Infrastructure and telecoms, Procat College
  • Equipment to deliver new training and qualifications in engineering and construction areas including reality software, digital levels and surveying equipment
  • Delivering training for surveying, construction management, civil engineering and building information modelling
  • Supporting 260 additional learners to 2021 including apprenticeships
£306,421
South Essex College, south Essex Creating a Centre of Excellence for Logistics, South Essex College (Thurrock campus)
  • Equipment for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Logistics including simulation ‘sea berth’ software, warehouse design and simulation software and warehouse racking
  • Delivering training for the logistics sector
  • Supporting 62 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£27,407
South Essex College, south Essex Science to support the Health Professions, South Essex College (Basildon campus)
  • Upgrade to Science facilities and new equipment including analytical, physics and microscopy
  • Delivering training for the health and medical sectors
  • Supporting 70 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£148,972
Ashford College, Hadlow Group, Kent and Medway Specialist Equipment Ashford phase 1a, Hadlow Group
  • Equipment to support the redevelopment in Ashford described above. Equipment includes electric eco car kits, electronic lathes and house self-build packages
  • Delivering training for the motor vehicle, transport, mechanical engineering and construction sectors
  • Supporting 184 additional learners per year including apprentices
£427,500
Mid Kent College, Kent and Medway Health Science Laboratory, Maidstone, Mid Kent College
  • A new health and science laboratory with equipment including an environmental chamber
  • Delivering training for the health and life sciences sector
  • Supporting an additional 280 learners per year including apprenticeships
£235,063
Mid Kent College, Kent and Medway Engineering Skills Growth Hub (Swale Skills Equipment), Mid Kent College, Medway campus
  • Expansion of engineering workshops with testing and analysis equipment
  • Delivering training for the manufacturing, motor trades, transport and storage
  • Supporting an additional 410 learners to 2021
£198,500
     
  Round Four  
     
Chelmsford College, Essex Industry Standard Surveying Equipment and Soil Laboratory for Technical Construction, Chelmsford College
  • Purchase of high quality, up to date surveying design and soil mechanics testing equipment relevant to the technical construction sector
  • Delivering training for the civil and technical construction sector
  • Supporting an additional 405 learners to 2021 including apprenticeships
£57,490
Hadlow College, Kent and Medway Court Lane Horticultural Nurseries – Enhancing Specialist Facilities for Further and Higher Education, Hadlow Group (Tonbridge)
  • Development of a commercial amenity horticulture complex through new technology including IT facilities, a science laboratory and cold storage facilities
  • Delivering training for food production and security, commercial and production horticulture and landscape horticulture
  • Supporting 135 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£447,000
Hadlow College, Kent and Medway Foundation Learning (Princess Christians Farm Campus) – Enhancing Specialist Facilities (Hadlow Group)
  • Creation of a modern learning environment for foundation learning and supporting those with learning difficulties and disabilities. Including new classrooms, tractor training facilities for people with disabilities.
  • Delivering training for agriculture, horticulture, care, retail and catering
  • Supporting 165 additional learners per year
£385,000
Mid Kent College, Kent and Medway Transport and Logistics Skills Hub, Mid Kent College (Swale Skills Centre)
  • Creating a dedicated training hub for the transport and logistics sector with equipment such as simulation software
  • Delivering training for the transport and logistics sector
  • Supporting 15 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£82,000
North Kent College, Kent and Medway Thameside Jetty, North Kent College
  • To refresh and equip the Thameside Jetty to ensure it is fit for purpose including cabling, security measures and davits
  • Delivering specialist training for maritime including seamanship, survival, health and safety
  • Supporting 30 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£64,500
Plumpton College, Kent and Medway Science and Engineering for Tree Management, Plumpton College
  • To refurbish and equip unsuitable space to provide a technical skills testing suite, training suite for computer tomography and refurbishment of a workshop
  • Delivering training for engineering and science applications to tree management
  • Supporting 87 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£140,000
South Essex College, south Essex Development of Construction Facilities in Basildon to support economic growth, South Essex College (Basildon)
  • A new construction facility linked with the development of new homes in the area and in partnership with Redrow Homes. Including plastering bays, brickwork and joinery areas
  • Delivering training for the construction sector
  • Supporting 128 additional learners per year, including apprenticeships
£366,705
Harlow College, Essex The E-Hub, Harlow College
  • The development of an E-Hub focused on enterprise, entrepreneurship and e-skills. Equipment to include conferencing facilities, software and large touch screens
  • Delivering digital and related training for advanced manufacturing, logistics, health sciences, finance and digital sectors
  • Supporting 2,400 additional learners by 2020
£116,783
Canterbury College, Kent and Medway Swale Campus Construction Extension, Canterbury College (Swale Campus)
  • To provide construction facilities including provision for bricklaying, carpentry, wall and floor tiling
  • Delivering training for the construction sector
  • Supporting 155 additional learners per year including apprenticeships
£223,798