Skills Accelerator: Local Skills Improvement Plan trailblazers and Strategic Development Fund pilots 

These successful applicants have been appointed College Business Centres as part of the Skills Accelerator:

College Business Centres

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce - Lakes College Cumbria:

  • Carlisle College
  • Furness College
  • Kendall College
  • University of Cumbria

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce - Loughborough College:

  • Leicester College
  • SMB Group
  • North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College
  • Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity
  • Leicester and Rutland Sport

West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce - Cheshire College South and West:

  • Warrington and Vale Royal College
  • Macclesfield College
  • Reasheath College
  • Priestly College

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce - Derby College Group:

  • Warrington and Vale Royal College
  • Macclesfield College
  • Reasheath College
  • Priestly College

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce - Fareham College:

  • Isle of Wight College
  • Havant and South Downs College
  • Eastleigh College
  • Brockenhurst College
  • Southampton City College
  • Highbury College Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth College
  • Itchen College
  • Barton Peveril College
  • Lighthouse Learning Trust

Milton Keynes and Northants Chamber of Commerce - Milton Keynes College:

  • South Central Institute of Technology
  • Open University
  • Cranfield University
  • Learning 2050
  • Milton Keynes Artificial Intelligence (MKAI)

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Ltd - Telford College:

  • Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College
  •  Shrewsbury Colleges Group
  • SBC

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce - Truro & Penwith College:

  • Cornwall College Group

Local Skills Improvement Plan trailblazers

Employer representative body leadGeographic areaLinked Strategic Development Fund pilot
Business West Chamber of Commerce West of England Weston College
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Cumbria Lakes College Cumbria
Doncaster Chamber of Commerce South Yorkshire Barnsley College
East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Leicestershire Loughborough College
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Kent Mid-Kent College
North-East England Chamber of Commerce Tees Valley The Education Training Collective
North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Lancashire Myerscough College
Sussex Chamber of Commerce Sussex Chichester College

Development Fund pilots

Joint Trailblazer and Development Fund pilot areas

Pilot areaCollaboration membersEndorsing Employer Representative BodyCollege Business Centre
Weston College Bath College, City of Bristol College, Gloucestershire College, Hartpury College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, University of West of England and Yeovil College Business West Chamber of Commerce No
Lakes College Cumbria Carlisle College, Furness College, Kendall College and University of Cumbria Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Yes
Barnsley 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/Igen Doncaster Chamber of Commerce No
Loughborough College Leicester College, SMB Group, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College, Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity, Leicester and Rutland Sport East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Yes
Mid-Kent College EKC Group (East Kent Colleges) and North Kent College Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce No
The Education Training Collective Hartlepool College of FE, Middlesbrough College, Darlington College, Teesside University, Learning Curve Group, Tees Valley Collaborative Trust and Queen Elizabeth SFC North-East England Chamber of Commerce No
Myerscough College Blackburn 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 College North and West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce No
Chichester College Group Bexhill College, BHASVIC, College of Richard Collyer, East Sussex College Group, Greater Brighton Met College, Plumpton College and Varndean College Sussex Chamber of Commerce No

Development Fund only pilot areas

Pilot areaCollaboration membersEndorsing Employer Representative BodyCollege Business Centre
Cheshire College South and West Warrington and Vale Royal College, Macclesfield College, Reasheath College and Priestly College West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce Yes
Derby College Group Nottingham College, Burton and South Derbyshire College, The University of Derby and Nottingham Trent University East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Yes
Fareham College Isle of Wight College, Havant and South Downs College, Eastleigh College, Brockenhurst College, Southampton City College, Highbury College Portsmouth, Portsmouth College, Itchen College, Barton Peveril College and Lighthouse Learning Trust Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Yes
Halesowen College Dudley College of Technology, Walsall College, Sandwell College, City of Wolverhampton College Black Country Chamber of Commerce No
Milton Keynes College South Central Institute of Technology, Open University, Cranfield University, Learning 2050 and Milton Keynes Artificial Intelligence (MKAI) Milton Keynes and Northants Chamber of Commerce Yes
TEC Partnership East Riding College, University of Hull, Bishops Burton College, DN Colleges Group, Selby College, Wilberforce Sixth Form College, Grimsby Institute of F&HE, Hull College, Modal Training Ltd and Scarborough TEC, Franklin College and John Leggott College Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce No
Telford College Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College, Shrewsbury Colleges Group and SBC Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Ltd Yes
Truro & Penwith College Cornwall College Group Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Yes
Warwickshire Colleges Group Coventry College, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College, Solihull College and University Centre Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce No
West Nottinghamshire College Chesterfield College, RNN College Group, Lincoln College Group, Futures, Inspire East Midlands Chamber of Commerce No

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