New London College is looking to help address the skills gap in the UK economy.
Due to the opening at the beginning of the new school year £ 100 million London Technical College South Bank aims to train 6,000 students annually by 2026.
Forty-six courses, covering a wide range of technical skills – from game development to design, computing to dental technology, health and social services to robotics – will be conducted in state-of-the-art Nine Elms-based college classrooms.
“There are more than 469,000 vacancies in the construction, health and social work, computing and science sectors, due to a serious skills shortage in the UK,” said Fiona Mori, executive director of South Bank Colleges.
She quoted from data released May 17 by National Statisticsof 469,000 vacancies broken down into four sectors:
- 212,000 medical and social work
- 130,000 professional sciences
- 78,000 computers and technology
- 49,000 construction
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“The lack of skills comes at a huge cost, reducing the opportunities workers have to build a successful career and economy,” Mori added.
“A recent NESTA survey found that the cost of a shortage of qualified data for the UK economy is £ 2 billion a year. That’s why our new London South Bank Technical College is so important to train the next generation of scientists, business leaders and engineers when it opens in September 2022.
The new facility will be commissioned in two stages. The first will be the opening of a building that teaches science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, and in September 2024 will open two new buildings that will contribute to the teaching of health, life sciences and business.
London South Bank Technical College is part of the LSBU Group, a partnership of secondary, additional and higher education institutions in the south of the capital.