The future of digital and STEM-related training in Cheshire

From virtual reality headsets and 3D printers to life-size robotics, a tech-filled mobile unit and more, Cheshire College – South & West are set to shift the pace needed to develop the future of digital.  

The College is one of a few Further Education providers chosen to deliver digital and STEM-related training and education to as many residents as possible across the region, thanks to funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). 

Over the five-year project, it is expected that over 7,500 learners, from more than 60 local schools, will benefit from access to the equipment, inspiring more young people than ever to progress onto higher-level courses and skilled employment. 

Working in partnership with Code Nation, the College, with Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, has also invested in specialist equipment to significantly boost digital skills across the region by providing access to new technologies.  

Individuals and businesses will be supported to gain confidence in a variety of digital applications, enabling full utilisation of their existing technology and exploring other digital platforms available.  

Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal and Deputy CEO, commented: “The College is extremely passionate about connecting young people, adults and businesses within the local community. 

“The £1 million investment from the Cheshire and Warrington LEP is a fantastic opportunity to help the College educate, engage and develop our future workforce. 

“Innovation is at the heart of our ambitions and our collaboration with employers allows us to deliver bespoke digital and STEM-related training in order to support Industry 4.0 developments.” 

David Muir, CEO at Code Nation, said: “Code Nation are thrilled to be working with Cheshire College on this much needed and innovative project to support Cheshire residents in gaining valuable, industry-recognised digital skills.  

“The investment from Cheshire & Warrington LEP will enable us to take inspiration and training to the community, increasing access to our award-winning coding courses for those looking to re-skill or up-skill as a result of the recent challenges, or to make that first move into a career in Tech.  

“Code Nation’s core mission is to create employable talent and this investment allows us to work ever closer with local businesses to provide our learners and apprentices with job opportunity pathways after graduation.  We look forward to welcoming new learners, or those trying to understand more about tech careers, in the coming weeks.” 

Clare Hayward, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: “We’re committed to driving sustainable and inclusive growth across the region and we know that nurturing future talent is crucial if we are to achieve our goals.  We’re delighted to be able to support young people, such as those at Cheshire College – South & West, and offer them the opportunity to enhance their STEM skills and prepare themselves for their careers later in life.”