Skills and training gaps are predicted across key sectors in North Lanarkshire, particularly in critical areas such as construction and health and social care, where jobs growth is anticipated.
Joint planning between the council, college and university will ensure North Lanarkshire’s young people are equipped with the skills businesses will need in the future.
Derek Brown, Executive Director of Education and Families at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “It’s crucial that we maximise employment opportunities for our young people and this partnership will creates effective packages of learning and support.
“It will align the curriculum to employment opportunities and ensure school leavers have the correct mix of skills to benefit from future job opportunities.
“It’s a genuinely exciting development. It will enable pupils to study for an HNC while still at school, gain relevant industry work-experience and provide the opportunity to progress further towards a degree in their chosen area.”
Professor Christopher Moore, Principal and Chief Executive of New College Lanarkshire, said: “As part of Strategy 2025, New College Lanarkshire has exciting plans to build upon existing expertise and reputational strength by bringing forward proposals for a Lanarkshire Institute of Technology.
"This will become a centre for excellence in providing pathways to employment in careers ranging from bio-technology and life sciences to engineering and construction.”
The council’s Economic Recovery Plan has recognised the need to invest in skills, education and training (particularly for new technology, digital skills and growth sectors) to ensure North Lanarkshire is ready to embrace future job demands, support our businesses to grow and create new opportunities for them to diversify into new or emerging markets, and to promote the strength of North Lanarkshire as the location to work and invest.