Leicester College secures £3m grant to boost training and skill opportunities

Leicester College has secured a £3m grant from the Department for Education’s Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF).
The funding will fuel projects in decarbonising transportation, fostering green leadership skills, digital upskilling, and employer skills training.

The collaborative effort involves Leicester College, Loughborough College, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College, and SMB College Group.

This initiative is part of a larger £200m funding boost aimed at enhancing training opportunities in key industries, particularly the green sector.

Leicester College, receiving a portion of the £165m funding, will address local employer skill needs outlined in the Local Skills Improvement Plans.

Additionally, Leicester College will share in £44m from the Skills Injection Fund to support individuals pursuing higher technical qualifications (HTQ) in digital, healthcare, and engineering, providing sought-after skills as an alternative to a traditional three-year degree.

Verity Hancock, principal of Leicester College, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive a share of the LSIF. As the leading local provider of training and apprenticeships, the funding will enable us to continue to invest in our vocational training programmes and develop relationships with local businesses. This will ensure that our students have access to the best industry-wide employment opportunities and that employers can work with highly skilled young people and adults.”