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About our pilot projects

Skills workforce initiative

A high proportion of Norfolk residents work in low-skilled occupations. Low skill levels restrict local people’s access to higher value roles in local growth sectors. Recruitment and retention of skilled vocational teaching staff is a local and national challenge.

Norfolk County Council will lead this initiative to build and test solutions to address these challenges. We will work with Norfolk’s four largest adult learning providers:

  • College of West Anglia
  • City College Norwich
  • East Coast College
  • Norfolk Adult Learning Service.

Pilot activities will include:

  • Testing and development of a graduate bursary scheme,
  • Introducing teaching opportunities to higher education learners, and
  • Incentives for employers.

Key outputs

  • 8 courses maintained or added with potential to support 120 students in total
  • Evidence base for improving recruitment and retention of skilled vocational staff

Thematic objective(s)

  • People and Skills


  • April 2023 – June 2024


  • Project budget: £239,352
  • Norfolk Investment Framework funding: £226,812 

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