The Skills Capital Fund

 The focus of the Skills Capital Fund is to provide high quality learning facilities that contribute to economic growth and meet labour market requirements. Skills capital projects may include new buildings, refurbishment of poor quality buildings, new equipment and software.


Contact emails:

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2016 Skills Capital (closed 18 May 2016)

Following the May 2016 invitation to submit Expressions of Interest, the following proposals are being progressed to the next stage:

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Selby College – Trailblazer
Due to the increasing complexity of automation deployed in both Food and Drink and Agri-tech industries there is an urgent demand for new and cutting-edge skills. This Trailblazer project will meet this demand by delivering learning and skills on topics such as: strategy, maintenance management, information technology, mechanical engineering (and related technologies such as hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics). Trailblazer will also support the delivery of technical and higher-level skills and Apprenticeships.

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Craven College- Electronics and Computing Laboratory
This project will provide a specialist workshop with the facilities, equipment and services required to deliver Electronic and Computing Engineering. It will be capable of delivering the curriculum at levels 2, 3 and 4 (HNC and Higher-level Apprenticeships) and will be a crucial factor with the College’s delivery of Aviation Engineering at Leeds Bradford International Airport.

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York College – Internet of Things
The ‘Internet of Things’ will help the College meet the growing demand for higher technical and professional skills in Information Technologies. It will enable delivery of the Foundation Degree in Computing Systems Design and Solutions plus the Apprenticeship standards in Software Development, Cyber Intrusion Analyst and Cyber Security Technologist.


Yorkshire Arboretum – Tree Health Centre
When operational the Tree Health Centre will up-skill the workforce on how to deal with critical tree health issues and deliver other urgently required skills such as agri-tech. There is an unprecedented increase in tree pests and diseases which need a rigorous and up-to-date legal Framework detailing competences and risk management. Not only will this important project put this into place it will also have a positive impact on all tree owners and stakeholders. Recent research confirms that there is a strong demand for specialised training in this area

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Derwent Training Association – RADAR2
Although RADAR2 (Responding to Apprenticeship Demand in our Area) is financially a small investment it will have a significant impact. The project will allow existing much used equipment and facilities to be updated and enhanced in order to provide excellent training with engineering NVQs at level 3 and also with Higher-level Apprenticeships.

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Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education -ELITE Project
ELITE (Engineering, Logistics, Information Technologies and Enterprise) will provide vocationally specific accommodation to underpin the growth in high quality post-16 provision. This project will service the needs of the ‘opportunity coast’ with both primary skills and further education. It will place a strong focus on key skills that are most in demand including: construction; engineering; manufacturing; cyber security; logistics; health and safety; hospitality; visitor economy; digital technology; creative and cultural; health and social care; childcare; and business skills.


East Riding College – Mechatronics
The facilities will be situated in Bridlington on the ‘opportunity coast’; this specialised workshop will deliver training for urgently needed skills in engineering up to level 4. The workshop will also enable delivery of higher-level Apprenticeships. The College is a member of a unique partnership called ‘HEAD into Engineering’ that is tasked with developing a skills training pathway for students in school (Year 10) who wish to gain employment by achieving recognised College courses or Apprenticeships.

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York College – Higher Level Skills for Engineering
This skills training provision will help meet the growing demand for higher-level technical and professional skills in Engineering and Information Technologies. It will revitalise and add new programmes to the College’s curricula such as – higher-level engineering, manufacturing, operations and maintenance. This offering will increase the take-up of higher-level Apprenticeships in these critical areas (Levels 4-6).


Henshaws College – outreach Centre (Selby)
This project will focus on provision for SEND people (Special Educational Needs and Disability) including visual impairment, learning difficulties and physical disability. The project will establish an Outreach Centre offering provision to bridge the skill and knowledge gap identified. It will also put into place a learning provision for special school sixth form leavers who need general further education but are not quite ready for mainstream College.

 Harrogate College

Harrogate College – Facilities and New Building for Vocational Skills
The Harrogate Campus Consolidation Project is a critical scheme to safeguard the ability of Harrogate College to deliver high quality vocational education in the region. The project puts into place refurbishment and new facilities that will offer outstanding vocational pathways for approximately 1000 Learners per year along with provision for Apprenticeships. It is anticipated that the project will reduce local skills shortages and increase economic output in the LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP area.

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Askham Bryan College – Agri Engineering
This capital funding has developed a state of the art engineering centre to provide the high quality surroundings and facilities that are necessary for training provision and growth. It has allowed students to benefit from the latest technical developments. Because the facilities are of industry standards it helps ensure that Learners are well informed on the future direction of their chosen specialisms. The centre will reduce local skill gaps in Advanced Engineering and assist Learners make the transition from training to employment.

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Askham Bryan College – Agri Tech Skills Centre
The project has constructed world class industry leading farm buildings that are at the cutting edge of current agricultural technology practices. These facilities enable learners on Agriculture, Animal Care & Countryside Management programmes to access to the latest farm management techniques and technologies. In turn, this enhances the student vocational experience and matches skills in line with employer requirements. Learners benefit at all levels from basic skills to higher education. The project has refurbished buildings to create a new Agri Tech Innovation Centre, built a National Beef Training Centre comprising of a Silage Clamp and also new Livestock Teaching buildings.

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Selby College – Specialist Equipment
This project has provided specialist and industry standard equipment that ensures Selby College has the necessary resources to continue to train and develop Apprentices and students to the levels of expertise that employers demand. The equipment enables the delivery of technical and higher-level skills across the engineering and construction curricula, both of which are growing substantially in the Local Enterprise Partnership area.

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Craven College – Animal Management Centre
With this project Craven College is extending its Aireville Campus to improve facilities and increase curriculum provision in Agriculture and Land-based studies. It will also further consolidate the College’s accommodation to ensure that all students have access to the same services and support. Not only will this project benefit Learners and increase provision in specialised areas it will also serve to reduce costs and improve the long term financial sustainability of the College.


What if we have a skills capital proposal that it is not quite ready to submit?

It is strategically important for the Local Enterprise Partnership to have a strong awareness of potential projects even though only at conceptual stage. In order to gain a better insight of future skills needs the Partnership will engage in activities to collect these conceptual projects. Wherever possible the Partnership will help to develop conceptual proposals towards funded projects. Please contact Pete Johnson to discuss.

Application Documents

The application form and guidelines can be downloaded here:

The Expression of Interest Form>  Expression Of Interest – 280416

Eligibility and Guidelines> Eligibility & Guidelines 280416

Completing the Expression of Interest> Completing EOI 280416

Questions? Drop-in Surgery 5 May (closed)

A drop-in surgery was held on Thursday 5 May in The Catalyst to answer any questions potential applicants about making a submission.


Thank you for your interest


2015 Skills Capital Fund (closed)

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership secured Local Growth Funding in 2015 to support infrastructure projects for economic growth in its area. Two of these initiatives were Skills Capital projects and status is shown below:

  1. Selby College – Strategic Growth/Specialist Equipment (operational)
  2. Craven College – Aireville Campus Development (progressing)


2014 Skills Capital Fund (Closed)

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership secured Local Growth Funding in 2014 to support infrastructure projects for economic growth in its area. Three of these initiatives were Skills Capital projects and status is shown below:

  1. Askam Bryan College Ari Motor Engineering Centre (funding completed)
  2. Askam Bryan College Agri Tech (funding completed)
  3. Harrogate College new build and refurbishment (funding completed)


Stakeholder Consultation

A consultation event took place on 13 April 2016 to gain input from stakeholders about managing the fund for the May 2016 call and beyond. The Local Enterprise Partnership wishes to thank participants for their valued contribution.

To complement the input gained from the consultation event an ‘On-line Survey’ was made available (now closed).