Skills Infrastructure

We’re committed to developing substantial economic growth in areas detailed in our Strategic Economic Plan.

During 2016 we negotiated with the Government a Local Growth Deal that would further enable skills investments, an important part of which is the Skills Capital Fund. This fund will be used to complement existing, successful skills capital investments from previous years.

The purpose of the Skills Capital Fund is to help provide effective skills infrastructure throughout our area. We are achieving this by co-funding projects that provide high quality learning facilities, that will contribute to economic growth and meet labour market requirements.
The Skills Capital Fund offers flexibility and eligible proposals may include initiatives such as new buildings or refurbishments, training facilities or specialised equipment and software.


You can see all of our latest skills projects and who to contact in this document and download a pdf. of all our skills capital project briefs here

Askham Bryan College

Through our Local Growth Deal funding from government, we secured £1.6 million towards improving the agri-tech and agri-engineering facilities at Askham Bryan College.  Strategically the collge is very important for our area’s economy because it provides land-based education, i.e. training in rural economies like agri-food that are a priority growth sector for us.

This funding was put towards an agri-tech training centre and a Land Based Engineering Centre of Excellence. The new facilities give students access to state of the art equipment and training in the latest farm management techniques and technologies. Simultaneously taking place is the mapping of curriculum delivery towards the needs and aspirations of employers—enabling students to emerge work-ready from their education.

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Harrogate  College

Through our Local Growth Deal funding from government, we secured £3 million funding for Harrogate College towards their £6 million campus redevelopment. The funding was used to both refurbish and create new buildings, including a technology centre featuring industry standard workshops, design studios and state of the art science labs. The existing college was remodelled and redeveloped to improve its curriculum facilities.

The investment marks a new era for Harrogate College.

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In May 2016, following our invitation to submit Expressions of Interest, the following proposals for future skills infrastructure projects are being progressed to the next stage:

Selby College – Trailblazer Project in Automation Training
Due to the increasing complexity of automation deployed in both food and drink and agri-tech industries that are critical to our areas growth, 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.

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.

York College – Internet of Things
The Internet of Things project 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 courses 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



Derwent Training Association – Responding to Apprenticeship Demand in our Area
Although Responding to Apprenticeship Demand in our Area (RADAR2) 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 to provide excellent training with engineering NVQs at level 3 and also with Higher-level Apprenticeships.



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.


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).



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.


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.

For further skills capital enquires please contact [email protected]