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Tech Lancaster

FREE 12-week electronics skills programme starting January 2021

Tech Lancaster  is an industry-led training organisation based in Lancaster, formed from a consortium of local employers in the electronics and technology sector.

The course starts in January and is open for enrolling now.

The course is aimed at everyone who wants to upskill/re-skill (all ages 19+, all backgrounds, employed, unemployed, furloughed, living in Lancashire or Gt Manchester) to ensure their existing technical know-how is fully work-ready.

The course is all about employability, providing the real-world skills needed to find a job in the thriving local electronics sector.

On completing the course, "graduates" will be guaranteed a job interview. 

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Kickstart Scheme

The recently announced Kickstart Scheme has been established to create 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the Kickstart scheme. The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs, and they must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

The Kickstart placements must be:

  • for a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Organisations wishing to offer fewer than 30 placements can join with other organisations through an intermediary to submit an application.

Lancaster and Morecambe College, Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce and Morecambe Bid will be working in partnership wto act as an intermediary organisation to support the scheme.

Find out more

Business Survey 2019

Towards the end of 2019 we asked our district’s businesses to complete a survey about doing business in the district. We received 106 responses which will help to inform our work going forward.

From the results we have identified three key areas of importance to Lancaster District businesses: Drivers and Barriers to Growth; Premises; Recruitment, Skills & Training; and Business Support Services.

Read the full report here (PDF, 660KB)

Useful stats for business

Lancaster and Morecambe Labour Market Intelligence Factsheets

Lancaster District Responsible Business Network

Are you a local business and passionate about our district? If yes, then come along and find out more about joining the Lancaster District Responsible Business Network

The network links the world of work and business to schools and colleges and aims to

  • show young people the opportunities available and the sector-specific skills they might need
  • support disadvantaged young people into work
  • address current and future skills shortages
  • tackle issues such as attracting and retaining employees

The network is open to businesses of all sizes operating in the Lancaster district, from sole traders to multinationals.

What are the benefits of joining the network?

  • Free to join
  • A brokering service to match your business and staff with local opportunities (often fully funded), tailored to the needs of your business, including recruitment and skills training support
  • Help to address any skills shortages your sector may be facing
  • Quarterly networking events to share success stories, promote best practice, and grow your business contacts
  • Be part of a responsible business movement and make a tangible difference in your local area
  • Raise your business profile – good news stories from members of the network will be shared locally and nationally on social media

There are many ways you can get involved:

  • Give an Hour: campaign to support local Schools & Colleges Careers advice, ie careers fairs, Q&A panels, sector info sessions, mock interviews etc
  • Be an Enterprise Advisor: volunteer to support a school to create inspirational and meaningful encounters for young people
  • Lancaster District Skills Forum: be part of an employer led initiative with the local stakeholder group to address your recruitment & skills needs  
  • T level Industry Placements: offer students on the new T Levels an extended work placement
  • Offer work experience, work shadowing and work trial opportunities to the disadvantaged
  • Access to Employment: tailored training programme based on your recruitment needs so that candidates are already equipped with job-specific skills
  • Become a Disability Confident employer: support employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplac
  • Take on an Apprentice: impartial free advice which will link you to the most appropriate apprenticeship delivery partner          
  • Business Support programmes: take advantage of the many business support programmes and mentoring available locally  
  • Skills Support for the Workforce: upskill your staff through fully funded bespoke support and training           

Like many local employers your business may be doing some of these activities already, all the more reason to sign up and gain recognition for your efforts!

Sign up here to join the network


Business Survey Infographic