Walney Extension Skills Fund Grants Awarded
The following projects have been supported through the Fund. Grant amounts are shown as the total amount awarded at the time the grant offer was made. All awards made are subject to contract.
In 2021, £77,035 was awarded as follows:
£25,000 was awarded to Learning Hydro Limited to deliver a series of single day training events to senior pupils in some 12 schools and colleges within the funds benefit area to emphasise the application of STEM subjects in the context of designing small scale hydropower schemes.
£29,035 was awarded to Morecombe Bay Partnerships to deliver their ‘Defending the Docks’ project, a military heritage community recording project rooted in STEM learning and skills development for young people. Working with young adults, schools and volunteers, this project will foster skills particularly in computer science, digital technology, coding, virtual reality, mathematical surveying, engineering design and study of materials to scientifically record World War archaeology remains on Walney Island in Barrow.
£23,000 was awarded to 3D Web Technologies to deliver their highly successful ‘Design a Windfarm in Virtual Reality’ sessions to over 360 pupils at 12 schools within the funding area. It will be a teamwork activity involving: Maths, IT, Engineering, Graphic Design & Presentation Skills using innovative, engaging Virtual Reality technology. The project will be based upon a resource package developed and utilised by 3DW under a previous workshop delivery series created to support Ørsted offshore projects.
In 2020, £103,420 was awarded as follows:
In March 2020, a further £40,000 of funding was approved to Furness College to help finance course fees for four specific Engineering qualifications. The courses are available to students struggling to find employment or wanting to retrain in an engineering discipline but who might have struggled to self-finance the courses themselves.
The STEM Educational Fund (2020) closed to applications on 6 May 2020. Funding was awarded as follows:
£34,020 was awarded to Furness Education and Skills Partnership (FESP) to fund the ‘Furness Futures’ project. FESP work with schools in Barrow in Furness and the surrounding areas of the Furness Peninsular of Cumbria.
The project will build on earlier work which has developed an extra-curricular careers and employability programme covering KS2 and KS4. This new phase of the project will roll out the newly designed KS1 and KS3 units. This ‘layered’ approach which now covers KS1 to KS4 is intended to maximise impact and increase the life chances/success in careers for young people in Cumbria.
The project will run throughout the academic year 2020/2021.
£29,400 was awarded to STEMFirst to deliver a ‘Bridge the Gap’ educational game to school children aged between 7 and 14. It is a fun hands-on board game in two parts. Part one involves constructing a bridge (with Lego) across a local river. Part two is a game requiring use of all the skills useful to employees of the future and improves knowledge of local employment opportunities.
The project will run over a 12-month period.
In 2019, £102,407 was divided into the following three strands:
1. Hardship Fund – £12,000
Lancaster & Morecambe College – £6,000
Furness College – £6,000
2. Engineering Course – £39,140 Furness College were awarded this grant to support the costs of a selection of Engineering Courses at Furness College, specifically – National Diploma Elec or Mech, HNC Engineering Elec or Mech, BENG Ordinary Degree, BENG Engineering Hons Degree for students starting the 2019 Academic Year.
3. The STEM Education Fund – £51,267
An award of nearly £37,267 to STEM Learning Ltd to develop two ENTHUSE Partnership projects in Cumbria and Lancaster. Each Partnership will bring together eight schools and colleges from within the eligible funding area, to develop a two-year intensive improvement programme to raise achievement and aspiration in STEM subjects.
An award of £14,000 to the Science Learning Partnership to support the introduction and running of a STEM project for eleven schools that make up the Furness Education Consortium. Over 600 pupils will be encouraged to work on a project and prepare for an interschool competition which involves students using the key employability skills supported by STEM.
In 2018, £101,416 was divided into the following three strands:
1. Hardship Fund – £13,299
Lancaster & Morecambe College – £6,649
Furness College – £6,650
2. Engineering Course – £36,617 Furness College were awarded this grant to support the costs of a selection of Engineering Courses at Furness College, specifically – National Diploma Elec or Mech, HNC Engineering Elec or Mech, BENG Ordinary Degree, BENG Engineering Hons Degree for students starting the 2018 Academic Year.
3. The STEM Education Fund – £51,500
Barrow & District Association of Engineering Committee delivered the BDAE Design Technology Competition
£1,500 awarded towards the costs of running the competition.
“One Planet – One Life” delivered by Scientists for Global Responsibility
£20,400 has been awarded to Scientists for Global Responsibility to deliver workshops entitled “One Planet – One Life” across secondary schools in the funding area over a two-year period.
The interactive workshops will involve over 1,000 young people and aim to give a better understanding of the human contribution to climate change, and how a combination of technological and behavioural solution are needed to address this impact.
Twelve STEM skill-focused workshops delivered by 3D Web Technologies Ltd
£29,600 has been awarded to 3D Web Technologies Ltd, to deliver twelve STEM skill-focused workshops for year eight pupils.
This project aims to give students an engaging, balanced and educationally valuable bigger picture insight into the complexities of offshore wind farm design. In small teams, pupils will be experiencing what it’s like to work on a wind farm development for the day. The teams will create their own ‘company’ with each member having a specific role such as Project Manager, Financial Manager, Technical Adviser or Public Relations (PR) Consultant. They will have to plan and design a wind farm layout considering real-life constraints and obstacles.
2016 / 2017
In 2016, £84,296 was divided into the following three strands:
1. Hardship Fund – £20,000
An initial £20,000 was split across three colleges to help support students facing financial difficulties in getting to college or paying for course materials etc.). The three colleges that received grants were:
- Blackpool and Fylde College: https://www.blackpool.ac.uk/
- Furness College: http://www.furness.ac.uk/
- Lancaster and Morecombe College: https://www.lmc.ac.uk/
2. Engineering Course – £19,454
Grant awarded to Furness College in Barrow to help finance course fees for four specific Engineering qualifications. The courses were available to students struggling to find employment or wanting to retrain in an engineering discipline but who might have struggled to self-finance the courses themselves.
3. The STEM Education Fund – £44,844
£44,844 was awarded to the Royal Academy of Engineering for the Furness Education & Skills Partnership and Barrow Engineering Project. This followed a competitive bidding process which encouraged experienced organisations to apply for a grant to develop and deliver extra curriculum STEM training and/or education courses or a programme of targeted events for up to two years.
The grant allowed the Royal Academy (through the project) to recruit two local Coordinators to deliver a range of activities to support STEM education and helped build closer relationships between schools and employers over a two year period.