In 2023, West Yorkshire Colleges secured £6.9 million from the Department for Education to digitise teaching and learning in key sectors.
The funding is part of the Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) and launched a West Yorkshire digital innovation project led by the colleges.
The project will build capacity to meet local skills priorities that were identified in the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP), launched by the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce in August 2023.
Colleges will collaborate through the consortium to develop current and new digitised training provision and curriculum for key industries. Colleges will open specialist hubs and academies offering high level curriculum using immersive and digital technology and Artificial Intelligence.
The funding has been split into six key projects (below). Each project will be led by a West Yorkshire college that will lead the innovation, host the digital hub and develop teaching and learning across all colleges.