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King’s Lynn College of West Anglia makes training pledge in Town Deal

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By College of West Anglia Principal David Pomfret

The Pledge to upskill and train 15-30 year-old young people is the first Town Deal to be approved by board.

As a member of the Town Deal Board, and the Principal of the College of West Anglia, I am delighted that the first of the seven Town Deal business cases to be signed off by the Town Deal Board is the King’s Lynn Youth retraining Pledge.

If approved by Government, £442,000 of Town Fund cash, plus a further £37,900 of public sector co-funding, will be available to deliver a 2-year programme for 15-18 year olds in education, unemployed 18-25 year olds, and 18-30 year olds in the workplace to raise aspirations, improve participation in further and higher education and to enhance employability and career opportunities.

David Pomfret, principal of the College of West Anglia.
David Pomfret, principal of the College of West Anglia.

The King’s Lynn Youth Retraining Pledge, which brings together a unique partnership of local organisations, will support more than 400 young people, facing the most significant barriers to accessing learning and work to recognise their talents and realise their potential, as well as helping to provide businesses with a skilled and ready workforce.

Participation and achievement levels among young people are historically low in West Norfolk – well below both the national and Norfolk averages. Many young people are employed with no training at all.

Local employers have long cited the skills gap as an issue for their business. The pledge aims to address this by engaging with local employers to facilitate industry-related learning, work-based training, and work inspiration.

The pledge will support the transition of young people into further training and into employment with training, removing personal barriers to progression, utilising a range of employability, training and positive activities.

The partnership, which includes the College of West Anglia and Norfolk Adult/Community Learning Services, will provide a portfolio of accessible training, and provide, develop, co-produce or commission bespoke training to meet the local needs of individuals and businesses.

The partnership will work to develop an ongoing sustainable model that will maintain a strong insight into local needs and opportunities, ensuring that this project leaves a legacy that will benefit young people beyond the two-year programme period.

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