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Priority sectors

Early years education - child painting (PhotoŠ Years Education

Training and development for those working in early years education and childcare has become a national priority, with an emphasis on training all staff to meet national standards and improving leadership and management skills. Higher Futures will address the lack of joined up working, cited as one of the major obstacles to progression in this sector.

Lead partner: Chesterfield College


To maintain the level of workforce as it stands, an estimated 32,000 new staff will need to be recruited each year within the engineering and manufacturing sector. The majority of these new recruits will require qualifications at level 3 and above to develop a felxible and dynamic workforce to ensure that UK companies can compete in a global market.

Lead partner: Rotherham College of Arts and Technology

Health and social care - counselling sessionHealth and Social Care

The health and care sectors in the region are well established and employ significant numbers of people. There is an increasing demand from employers for their workforce to undertake higher level skills training and education throughout their working lives.

Lead partner: The Sheffield College

Public Wellbeing

Wellbeing, and everything it constitutes, is a largely vocational area of study, which has proved consistently popular with students over the last twenty years. With the growth of the leisure and sport industries, there are changing skills required in the sector.

Lead partner: Dearne Valley College

Sustainable communities - environmental groupSustainable Communities

A large and diverse workforce is required to develop the social, economic and environmental components of a sustainable community. Professions creating the infrastructure of these communities - including built environment, neighbourhood renewal, and community development - increasingly demand higher level skills training and education to meet the needs of existing and future generations.

Lead partner: Northern College

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