Pilot areas for £65m Strategic Development Fund announced


The Department for Education has revealed the pilot areas for the new Strategic Development Fund.

The £65 million fund, first mooted in the Skills for Jobs white paper, went to tender in April.

Eighteen winners have now been announced, of which eight will be Local Skills Improvement Plans trailblazer and development fund pilot areas.

The remaining ten will just be piloting the development fund, which the application guidance stated is intended to “begin building the local collaborations that will create a stronger and more efficient overall delivery infrastructure and support a more co-ordinated offer across the local area”.

The pilots will also “support the development of a high-value curriculum offer in support of longer-term skills priorities” in a local area and “strengthen the relationship with employers”.

Sixty per cent (£38 million) is meant to be spent on capital and 40 per cent (£27 million) is for revenue, and this money must be used by March 2022.

Eight employer representative bodies have also been announced as LSIP trailblazers today.

See the full list of joint-trailblazer and development fund pilot areas, and solely development fund pilot areas, below.


Joint Trailblazer and Development Fund pilot areas

Pilot areaCollaboration membersEndorsing Employer Representative BodyCollege Business Centre
Weston CollegeBath College, City of Bristol College, Gloucestershire College, Hartpury College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, University of West of England and Yeovil CollegeBusiness West Chamber of CommerceNo
Lakes College CumbriaCarlisle College, Furness College, Kendall College and Cumbria UniversityCumbria Chamber of CommerceYes
Barnsley CollegeBarnsley College, Sheffield College, RNN Group, DN Colleges Group, University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Linkage College, Thomas Rotherham College and Oakwood High School, Sheffield Hallam University, Landmarks College, Mears Group Aspire/IgenDoncaster Chamber of CommerceNo
Loughborough CollegeLeicester College, SMB Group, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College, Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity, Leicester and Rutland SportEast Midlands Chamber of CommerceYes
Mid-Kent CollegeEKC Group (East Kent Colleges) and North Kent CollegeKent Invicta Chamber of CommerceNo
The Education Training CollectiveHartlepool College of FE, Middlesbrough College, Darlington College, Teesside University, Learning Curve Group, Tees Valley Collaborative Trust and Queen Elizabeth SFCNorth-East England Chamber of CommerceNo
Myerscough CollegeBlackburn College, Blackpool & the Fylde College, Blackpool SFC, Burnley College, Cardinal Newman College, Lancaster & Morecombe College, Nelson & Colne College Group, Preston’s College, Runshaw College and West Lancashire CollegeNorth and West Lancashire Chamber of CommerceNo
Chichester CollegeBexhill College, BHASVIC, College of Richard Collyer, East Sussex Colleges Group, Greater Brighton Met College, Plumpton College and Vardean CollegeSussex Chamber of CommerceNo


Development Fund only pilot areas

Pilot areaCollaboration membersEndorsing Employer Representative BodyCollege Business Centre
Cheshire South and WestCheshire College South and West, Warrington and Vale Royal College, Macclesfield College, Reasheath College and Priestly CollegeWest Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of CommerceYes
Derby CollegeNottingham College, Burton and South Derbyshire College, The University of Derby and Nottingham Trent UniversityEast Midlands Chamber of CommerceYes
Fareham CollegeIsle of Wight College, Havant and South Downs, Eastleigh College, Blackburn College, Southampton City College, Highbury College Portsmouth, Portsmouth College, Itchen College, Barton Peveril College and Lighthouse Learning TrustHampshire Chamber of CommerceYes
Halesowen CollegeHalesowen College, Dudley College of Technology, Walsall College, Sandwell College, City of Wolverhampton CollegeBlack Country Chamber of CommerceNo
Milton Keynes CollegeSouth Central Institute of Technology, Open University, Cranfield University, Learning 2050 and Milton Keynes Artificial Intelligence (MKAI)Milton Keynes and Northants Chamber of CommerceYes
Tech Partnership GrimsbyEast Riding College, University of Hull, Bishops Burton College, DN Gorup, Selby College, Wilberforce Sixth Form College, Grimsby Institute of F&HE, Hull College, Modal Training Ltd and Scarborough TECHull and Humber Chamber of CommerceNo
Telford CollegeHerefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College, Shrewsbury Colleges Group and SBCShropshire Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise LtdYes
Truro & Penwith CollegeCornwall College GroupCornwall Chamber of CommerceYes
Warwickshire Colleges GroupCoventry College, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College, Solihull College and University CentreCoventry and Warwickshire Chamber of CommerceNo
West Nottinghamshire CollegeWest Notts College, Chesterfield College, RNN College Group, Lincoln College Group, Futures, InspireEast Midlands Chamber of CommerceNo

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