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Learning and Skills Council Recognise Four More CoVEs

In a move that further recognises the excellent work being done by work ““ based training providers and further education colleges, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has announced four new interim Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The awarding of interim status has gone to four training providers and FE colleges in different areas throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. There will be an assessment at the end of the first year of partnership working, after which time the LSC will decide whether or not to award full CoVE status on these centres. During this year, they will receive grants to support their work providing better facilities and spreading best practice throughout the sector.

And The Winners Are”¦

The four interim CoVEs, which join a number of other projects already awarded this status such as Applied ICT for Business, led by Brockenhurst College in partnership with Farnborough College of Technology and Totton College, are Marine Industries – led by Southampton City College in partnership with Eastleigh College, Isle of Wight College and ITE Training; Early Years, Playwork and Childrens Services – led by South Downs College in partnership with Brockenhurst College, Isle of Wight College and Fareport Training Organisation; Business, Financial and Accounting Services – led by Highbury College in partnership with Farnborough College of Technology; and Leadership and Management – led by Sparsholt College in partnership with Brockenhurst College and Hoskins Management Development(HMD).

The LSC praised the work of the newly awarded interim CoVEs. Their Director of Workforce Development Sue Swan said: “Centres of Vocational Excellence are providing companies with the skilled workers they need to improve competitiveness and profitability. They are setting standards for high quality training and forging strong links between colleges, training providers and industry. We are delighted to announce more CoVEs for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and feel sure more will follow.”

Jethro Marsh

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