We have some fantastic news to announce for the Lancaster Electronics scene! We are pleased to announce OTAQ Group Ltd and a number of other Lancaster electronics businesses have been successful as a consortium in receiving funding from the UK Government’s Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund to help get new talent into the tech and electronics sector in Lancaster over the coming years.
The project – known as Tech Lancaster – was one of 14 projects to receive funding from a £3 million joint venture between UK Government (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP) – this pilot programme is the first of its kind in the UK. The fund will be utilised to provide employer led top-up technical training in and around the Lancaster area for both existing and prospective staff, with participants who finish the scheme guaranteed interviews at consortia companies. The training will include distance learning modules (MOOCs) and workshop/lab based tuition to help candidates gain industry specific skills (such as IPC certification) to make them work ready for local employers in the electronics and tech sector. The consortia will be working in conjunction with Lancaster and Morecambe College and other partners to deliver the scheme.
We are incredibly proud to be working with other electronics companies in our area to help address the skills gap and make a difference to those underemployed groups within our community. Recruitment and retention in the electronics industry is a constant challenge and as a company we strive to do our best to address this challenge and do what we can to make a difference.
Applications to join the programme are open to all and enrolment will commence in late September through the Tech Lancaster website. You can also follow the hashtag #FastTrackFund on social media.
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