Lancaster and Morecambe College launches Eden Project skills programme

Lancaster & Morecambe College has launched a new study programme which will provide the skills required to deliver Eden Project North.

Available from September, the first level course is a City & Guilds Land-Based Diploma which includes an introduction to wildlife conservation, effective working practice and animal husbandry and welfare.

Levels two and three will cover ecological concepts, ecology conservation and land-based specialist project management. The level three course is equivalent to three A-levels and holds UCAS university entry points.

As well as the core qualifications, students will study English and maths as well as an Eden Behaviours module, which will introduce them to the Eden Project’s educational philosophy. They will also get an industry placement at the Eden Project in Cornwall or an agreed alternative employer.

It marks the start the college's 25-year memorandum of understanding agreed with Eden’s further and higher education wing, Eden Project Learning.

The Eden Project Study Programme is also the first part of what the college and Eden hope will become a Morecambe Bay Curriculum, an educational programme for students between the ages of three and 25.

A new Eden Project Learning Hub will be established at the college for community engagement events and workshops and exhibitions about Eden Project North. The collaboration will also include residential study tours to the Eden Project in Cornwall, work experience opportunities and community social action projects.

This initiative mirrors the college’s renewed approach to driving the skills required for incoming investment into our area

Research opportunities and future curriculum development will also form a key joint activity with wider partners to meet current and future workforce requirements, in line with the emerging local industrial strategy.

Professor Robert Barratt, head of Eden Project Learning, said: “Eden Project Learning is incredibly excited to be partnering with Lancaster & Morecambe College who are committed to protecting the environment of the Bay and in so doing improving the health and well-being of their community.

Together we are shaping a new and exciting Morecambe Bay curriculum that will help us find sustainable ways to live and work on our planet.”

Wes Johnson, principal of Lancaster & Morecambe College, said: “I am delighted that we have achieved this important milestone so quickly. This initiative mirrors the college’s renewed approach to driving the skills required for incoming investment into our area, led by our large and small local current and future employers.

This initiative should provide new opportunities for adults and young people in our community, raising aspiration and the economic wellbeing of our district.”

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