Tech Lancaster launches free electronics training programme

Lancashire residents are invited to apply for a free Electronics Skills Programme which will boost their employability in the fast-growing tech sector.

The intensive 12-week course combines distance learning with lab-based tuition and provides participants with globally recognised, electronics industry certifications, work-ready skills and the confidence for a career in the fast-paced North West technology sector.

Participants who complete the course are guaranteed the opportunity to attend a real-life job interview with one of a number of local employers.

The programme is funded by the government's £3m Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund and will be delivered by Tech Lancaster, which was formed by a consortium of Lancaster-based electronics companies: Forsberg Services, Like Technologies, Milliamp Technologies, Northern Hi-Tec, OTAQ Group and Rinicom.

Nicola Mortimer, a founding member of Tech Lancaster, said: "We want to nurture the technology workforce of tomorrow, creating inclusive opportunities for groups of people who may not currently have access to this career path.

"Applications are being prioritised from ex-military personnel, tech graduates looking for work, those looking to re-skill due to redundancy and underemployed groups in the sector, such as members of the BAME community and women." 

Lancaster City councillor Tim Hamilton-Cox, cabinet member with responsibility for sustainable economic prosperity said: "It is great to see our local industry, colleges and community come together to address the need to improve skills and employment in critical industry areas such as electronics across the district.

"Tech Lancaster has shown that it is possible to solve skill shortages collaboratively and we are very proud that they have secured such a large amount of funding to help create and protect jobs in Lancaster and further afield at such a difficult time."

To enrol and fast track your career in the electronics or technology sectors, please visit www.tech-lancaster.org.uk/ or call 01524 881554.

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