College Supports Project to Develop Lancashire’s Workforce

College Supports Project to Develop Lancashire's Workforce

Blackburn College is supporting a new programme designed to give Lancashire’s advanced engineering and manufacturing businesses access to free skills training and resources.

Spearheaded by Lancaster University Management School, the Employer Engagement for Skills in Manufacturing and Engineering (EnginE) project has been created to make Lancashire more productive and profitable by providing small and medium-sized businesses with access to workforce development opportunities.

EnginE is funded by the European Social Fund, and is being delivered as part of a partnership which includes Blackburn College, Blackpool and the Fylde College, and the Northern Automotive Alliance, and in collaboration with Boost.

Claire Shore, Senior Business Development Manager at Blackburn College said: “Blackburn College is committed to working collaboratively with partner institutions and local industry to encourage prosperity and growth in the county.

“As an EnginE project partner, we look forward to creating a tailored workforce skills plan, including access to funded skills interventions, to ensure common challenges within the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector are effectively tackled.”

Blackburn College has recently appointed a dedicated Business Engagement Officer – Linda Palentine – who will work with SMEs to analyse their organisational and training needs and recommend interventions to improve productivity and profitability.

Claire added: “The appointment of a dedicated Business Engagement Officer with a background in the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector is testament to our commitment to delivering bespoke training that supports local economic priorities.”

The EnginE project is funded until September 2020 and will see Blackburn College raising the awareness of Apprenticeships and the benefits they offer to SMEs in Lancashire’s advanced engineering and manufacturing sector.

If you would like to know more about how the EnginE project can benefit your business, please get in touch either by phone on 01254 292500; or email EnginE@blackburn.ac.uk.

3 May 2019, 13:29 PM