Within a challenging financial environment New College Lanarkshire is increasingly dependent on securing funding from external sources to meet the strategic priorities of both the College and wider communities we serve.
External Funding is defined as discretionary money distributed by UK and EU agencies on a business case and/or competitive basis requiring an application.
Current grant-funded projects include ERASMUS+ mobility grants, Other EU grant programme, Trusts/Foundation funding, Scottish and UK Government funding and Other UK-based grants.
Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, offering exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad.
New College Lanarkshire currently delivers one of the largest Erasmus+ mobility contracts in the UK – working annually with 26 EU partners in nine countries to send more than 300 Scottish learners on short-term work placement programmes.
Partnerships developed through mobility have led to a range of projects in related areas: transnational staff CPD opportunities, the development of new learning materials and resources, EU conferences and the creation of international collaborative networks.
NCL was awarded the Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training Mobility Charter in 2016 in recognition of the high quality mobility projects delivered by the College and strategic approach to integrate an international and cultural dimension into the teaching and service functions of the organisation.
EU delivery partners are diverse and include FE colleges, vocational schools, universities, local authorities, employers and sporting bodies. All partners are specialists in their field and are experienced in ERASMUS+ programme activities. As a direct result of our mobility activity, working relationships with our partners at local, national and European level have been positively enhanced, with stakeholders keen to develop best practice processes and procedures and learn from each other.
The partnership is reciprocal and New College Lanarkshire hosts and facilitates placements for approximately 120 young people each year.
Internationalisation in TVET
A series of Further Education case studies from across the UK can be found here.
Staff Mobility KA1:
New College Lanarkshire utilise Erasmus+ Key Action 1 funding to support a range of staff activities in partner countries: transnational staff CPD, the development of new learning materials and resources, EU conferences and the creation of international collaborative networks. The majority of activities fall under one of two categories:
Twenty-three staff members successfully completed transnational CPD activities in 2017/2018, in nine partner countries.
NCL are working in collaboration with five European partners in the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 CyVet project.
During the project, 12 VET teachers will be directly involved in the development of intellectual outputs focused on the creation of innovative cyber security materials and 90 more will participate in local workshops to learn how to use and adapt the intellectual outputs for their lessons. Around 1800 students will benefit from the updated and up scaled competences in cybersecurity of their teachers and the introduction in their VET programmes of new curricular components and materials in this field. 4 associated partners, technological experts in different aspects related to cybersecurity will also participate in the project by advising and assessing the production of intellectual outputs.
Project website: http://www.cyvetsecurity.eu
Charles de Gaulle Trust funding is specifically for learners aged 17 to 19, the visits give students the chance to prove to future educators and employers that they are globally-minded, committed and dedicated young people.
During their visits young people will be able to experience French culture and language and the programme will give educators opportunities to learn from different education practices, leading to improvements in learning outcomes for young people.
New College Lanarkshire has successfully delivered partnership activities with Le Lycée des métiers de l'automobile et du transport routier Emile Bejuit France, using Charles de Gaulle Trust monies. Two groups of learners undertook exchange programme activities in Glasgow and Lyon in Autumn 2017, with further activities planned for Spring 2019.
The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) is one of three Scottish Government Strategic Interventions funded by European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
The YEI aims to:
The lead partner for this programme is the Scottish Funding Council.
New College Lanarkshire is one of seven colleges in Southwest Scotland who receive YEI funding to help provide vocational programmes for young NEET individuals. In 2017/18 NCL received approximately £3.3m to support more than 450 young people into employment through the provision of vocational qualifications sought by local employers.
Digital Xtra Fund is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) that forms one strand of a nation-wide drive to develop the digital talent of all young people across Scotland.
The grant funding distributed by the Charity is intended to support organisations that provide young people, aged 16 or under, with the opportunities to learn computer and digital skills and to contribute to widening the provision of extracurricular digital activities across Scotland.
New College Lanarkshire was successful in 2017 in securing a grant to support the development of Vex robotics competitive activities with teams of senior school pupils taking part in a 20-week after-school programme.
New College Lanarkshire has been successful in securing an additional £4800 from the Digital Xtra programme to support the purchase of next generation Vex EDR equipment in 2019. In addition, project activities will see NCL partner with Fir Park school in joint events designed to inspire and motivate primary pupils interested in robotics.
New College Lanarkshire was successful in securing an initial grant of £9,775 from the John Mather Trust in order to support the development of the ‘Wee Shop’ project, a series of pop-up shops managed by learners with additional support needs
The support from the John Mather Trust has enabled the Faculty of Supported Learning to purchase equipment and materials to support the production of goods which can be sold to a range of audiences at each of the three main campuses.
The Wee Shop project successfully raised awareness of entrepreneurship opportunities and New College Lanarkshire was successful in securing continuation funding of £10,000 to further enhance our portfolio of innovation and entrepreneurship activities.
As part of the ‘Be Engaged’ initiative, and in partnership with Bridge to Business Scotland, John Mather Trust funding is being used to:
Education Scotland – Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM
NCL are working in partnership with Lanarkshire school hubs in the delivery of this project. Partner ambition is for Lanarkshire to become front-runners in the delivery of STEM education and training; a region of inclusive growth where everyone is encouraged and supported to develop their skills through the provision of a progressive pipeline of STEM-based learning experience from early years to HE. To achieve this objective partners will:
1) Undertake a comprehensive preparatory and scoping exercise from January 2019 – March 2019 to inform the creation of STEM Lanarkshire with the aim of developing two innovative resources.
2) Develop, deliver and review pilot resources in a second phase of activities, from April 2019 – June 2020:
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