Skills Capital Funding

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.

You can read more about our successful Skills Capital Funded projects on our Skills Infrastructure page.

Skills Capital funding – Call for Proposals 17th July – 28th July 2017 [Closed]

The invitation to apply for skills capital funding has now closed. The nineteen applications received by the Local Enterprise Partnership have now been assessed and scores moderated. Eight have been notified that they will be progressed to the next stage – the presentation of proposals.

All applicants with successful proposals have been reminded that funding is not guaranteed; funding will only be allocated at the stage when a full business case has been appraised and a subsequent Funding Agreement issued and signed by both parties.

The project proposals progressing towards submission of a business case are:


Projects under: Digital Infrastructure for Skills

 1. Scarborough TEC – Rural Inclusion for Skills and Education (RISE)

RISE will enhance the learning experience of people by pioneering the use of Augmented Reality – the projection of computer generated images into the real world. This technology will offer training in remote difficult to reach rural areas in a flexible way. Initially the platform will address skill gaps in health and social care roles where busy working patterns are often a barrier to conventional training but the digital learning content will become more wide-ranging over time.

2. East Riding Council – Employment, Education and Skills Digital Project

This project will replace obsolete training equipment with a much needed fit-for-purpose web based learning platform. Not only will the digital platform improve facilities within its Adult Learning Centres it will also provide mobile solutions to reach rural communities. The infrastructure will offer bespoke and flexible learning opportunities to enable an effective transition of learners to their working environment.

3. Askham Bryan College – Future Farm 

By digitising and capturing important real-time data from the farming environment students will learn how to maximise production from agriculture and livestock. The project will create a farm with the facilities of the future such as capturing data to monitor the health of cows, flying drones to inform on the agricultural interventions needed at precisely the right time and extensive use of farming robotics.

4. Bishop Burton College – Digital Education Platform

This investment will provide a high performance digital education platform to maximise learning benefit to students. The facilities will also widen participation by offering flexible and blended learning opportunities that reach out to rural businesses. The future proofed digital architecture will enable technology focused learning to be shared effectively and securely.

Other Priority Projects

1. DTA – READ (Responding to Employers Apprenticeship Demand)

The investment will provide essential specialised equipment that will meet local employer’s demand for training up to to higher-level Apprenticeships. In particular the new facilities will enable skills delivery on priority topics such as Electrical (Mechatronic), Mechanical Engineering and Fabrication & Welding.

2. Craven College – Employer Hub

The Hub will be created by refurbishing the Auction Mart Campus and upgrading its training facilities. Because it will accommodate the College’s services for Apprenticeships, Local Businesses and Rural Skills it will act as a central point for addressing the needs of local employers.

Other invitations to bid for Local Growth Fund have been offered by the Local Enterprise Partnership. If applications are considered more suitable with other funding opportunities then a decision may be made to transfer. The flow chart at the bottom of this page gives details.

Previous documents:

You can find the eligibility criteria here and Outline Application form here under the ‘funding’ tab as well as the  scoring matrix (here), that were used for the most recent Skills Capital Funding calls for proposals.

If you would like to get in touch you can do so at: [email protected]