Application through LEPs for projects from £1.8bn growth fund
The budget announced a £1.8bn fund to be shared by the Local Enterprise Partnerships - for which bids must be made from LEPs by 23rd July. It appears that this could be used to help re-tool and up-skill schools to be better prepared to develop the STEM education and skills of their students. Our proposal is to establish a network of iSTEM+ Innovation Hubs based in schools, academies and colleges. The aim is to get capital funding of the order of £130k to establish 2 per year in the constituency of every English MP, and to seek funding of the order of £40k per year, initially for 3 years, from local employers and other sources to cover recurrent expenses and staffing. Further detail in the attached file. Please talk to you local MP, LEP, Enterprise Adviser and Enterprise Coordinator.