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Jane Imrie

£30m government funding to support training for STEM and manufacturing sectors

The government has today announced multi-million pound funding to support the STEM and manufacturing industries through education and training.

The funding will include a new £18m Growth Fund to support further and higher education providers to expand Higher Technical Education.

In addition, up to £10m has been earmarked for Institutes of Technology to develop and deliver higher technical short and modular courses in STEM disciplines.

Finally, £2m will be used to support the development and delivery of modular training focused on upskilling employees to help address future skills gaps in high value manufacturing.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson commented: “Investment in higher technical skills will support more people to secure exciting and rewarding careers, fill skills gaps in our economy and help us build back better from the pandemic.

“We also want to counter the myth that a degree is the only way to a good job. This funding will help open up more high quality training alternatives for people, empowering them to get the skills they need to build the life they want, wherever they live.”

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