Funding available to colleges and skills providers to support pilot projects that respond to local skills and innovation priorities in England.
The Skills Accelerator programme is a core part of the government’s blueprint for reshaping the technical skills system to better support the needs of the local labour market and the wider economy. It incorporates the Local Skills Improvement Plan trailblazers (for employer bodies) and the Strategic Development Fund pilots.
The Strategic Development Fund will explore how providers can work together more effectively, alongside employers and other partners, to respond to local skills and innovation priorities. This includes those identified by Local Skills Improvement Plans.
£65 million grant funding is being made available through the Strategic Development Fund. This consists of £38 million capital funding and £27 million revenue funding.
The pilots will run in a number of areas of the country, including areas that do not have a Local Skills Improvement Plan trailblazer.
In trailblazer areas, the Strategic Development Fund pilot will run alongside the development of the Local Skills Improvement Plan.
The pilots will help:
Applications may be made by groups of colleges and providers. It must be submitted by a lead applicant.
Eligible providers include:
The programme is looking for 12 to 16 areas to pilot the fund.
Expressions of interest should be submitted by the deadline of 25 May 2021 (midday).