Coalition unveils £4.5m city skills fund

Cities minister Greg Clark has unveiled a £4.5 million fund to improve adult skills in the eight largest cities in England outside London and in the capital itself.

Nottingham: one of eight cities to benefit from new fund
Nottingham: one of eight cities to benefit from new fund
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said last week that the core cities – Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Sheffield - plus London, would each receive around £500,000 through a new City Skills Fund to "address skills priorities across their regions".

The statement added that the fund would "help cities and local enterprise partnerships work with local colleges and independent providers to boost the provision of skills needed by local employers".

According to BIS, the cities will be able to use the cash to develop "apprenticeship city hubs" intended to help local firms – particularly small businesses – to take on apprentices.

Clark said: "The City Skills Fund will see our core cities working in partnership with local colleges to ensure employers in their area have access to people with the right skills to help them thrive and grow.

"We are giving cities the change to build the skills they think are most important."

The business department said that the funding would be allocated before 31 March 2012.

Further details on the fund are available here.

jamie.carpenter@haymarket.com

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