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A further 2,030 learners will be supported in the region as part of the Humber LEP’s Growth Deal over the next 6 years.

The deal gave a further boost to the work the Humber LEP’s Employment and Skills Board is doing to support the growth of a skilled Humber workforce.

To build on the projects secured as part of the City Deal, £4.5m was awarded for skills projects in the Humber as part of the Growth Deal which will see three education and training facilities expand to help build the offer.

In North East Lincolnshire £1.8m of Growth Deal money will go towards a £7m infrastructure project at CATCH to enable specialist offshore wind training including facilities for working at height and marine transfer/offshore survival training.

While £2.1m of Growth Deal money will go towards Grimsby Institute building a £7.8m logistics centre providing courses linked to the renewable sector including STEM subjects – Science, Technology Engineering and Maths – to develop career pathways linked to new opportunities linked to the renewables sector.

In the East Riding £0.8m of Growth Deal money will be used as part of a £1m project to expand Goole College’s vocational skills workshop including classroom refurbishment to provide engineering and renewables technologies training which will be part of their centre of excellence providing skills training in areas such as fabrication and welding, construction and logistics.

As well as this the has LEP negotiated further flexibilities from the DWP to run pilots that would allow those on JSA to undertake more than the current 16 hours training a week that can help them into employment.

Mike Parker OBE, Chair of the Humber LEP Employment & Skills Board, said

“The region is on the move and we want to make sure the people of the region are in a best possible position to benefit – hence the importance of investment in skills.

“The Humber is at the centre of offshore wind developments, and we want to be the centre for training people for the energy sector including linked sectors such as engineering and logistics. These Growth Deal investments build on the five we secured through the Hull and Humber City Deal and will help us to make more progress on that ambition.”

The Government also committed to partnership work on careers information, advice and guidance and greater influence over skills spending to meet local need.