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Funding Case Study: Digital Hub 4.0, Local Growth Fund

Case Study Local Growth Fund 12/02/2021

An investment in digital technology, equipment and training


Project Name: Digital Hub 4.0

Project Applicant: Cheshire College South and West

Project Total Cost: £2.2M

Local Growth Fund Allocation: £914,000

Contracted outputs:  7,500 learners, 60 schools engaged

Project Description: The £1M funding from the Local Growth Fund was used for an investment in digital technology, equipment and training at Cheshire College – South & West.

The funding will support a range of projects over five years at the college’s locations in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester and address business needs and skills gaps.

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.  Over the five-year project, it is expected that 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.

Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal and Deputy CEO,Cheshire College South and West : “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, engagement 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.”

Clare Hayward, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: “ 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.”

Find out more about the project here