• Projects and Partnerships

The Projects and Partnership Team at South Devon College has an integral role in in identifying different funding opportunities to support students, colleagues and the wider community. We have strong links with external stakeholders and are responsible for managing projects to ensure successful delivery, reporting and, if applicable, claims processes throughout the life-cycle of the project. Previously, successful bids have been international projects (Erasmus+) as well as local projects working with local grammar schools and academies. A range of funding sources are regularly identified, these are matched to College priorities and then together specific departments the project team develop the bid to secure this funding.

Live projects include:

Project: Erasmus + Funding Source
Developing work and cultural experiences overseas for vocational students across various curriculum areas. To gain work experience abroad, to develop students cultural and language awareness as well as their personal and professional development, to support student and staff mobilities to partners in France, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Project: Hi Tech & Digital Centre Funding Source
A new high quality education, business and skills facility, meets the skills demands from employers, to encourage and support high level sustainable jobs for students and to support economically and strategically important sectors. The Centre will provide individuals with the skills to support local businesses, such as: – electronics, lasers, fibre, satellite and communications, aerospace, marine, medical and data analysis (Big Data).

The ERDF funding has enabled the creation of a dedicated Business Centre incorporated within the Hi-Tech and Digital Centre for local businesses. It has 15 incubation office units, including 2 Collaboration Zones, 2 Meeting Rooms and associated business support provided by Torbay Development Agency.

HEFCE will contribute capital and revenue funds to the Centre.


Project: Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW3) Funding Source
This project, funded by the European Social Fund, is working with Serco to deliver skills support for the workforce by providing funding for employers to improve the skills of their employees in order to meet their business goals, and aiming employees to progress onto an apprenticeship to benefit the local economy too.

Project: Careers South West Funding Source
Supported by Devon County Skills for Young People, the aim of this project is to support disengaged young people to enter and progress into the labour market and to reduce the number of young people aged 15-18 who are not in education, employment or training or at risk of not being so.

Project: Petroc – Empowering Enterprise Funding Source
This project will work with participants aged 18-24 to identify their barriers and talents, in order to design and deliver a bespoke package of support. The support will help participants achieve both soft and hard outcomes and ultimately move them towards a positive and sustainable outcome.

Project: Pluss – Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Funding Source
 BBO is a project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to help disadvantaged people across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.

Project: Hidden Talent in Devon (HTiD) Funding Source
A widening participation project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), seeking to encourage more learners from diverse background onto Higher Education through engagement events and taster sessions. In partnership with University of Plymouth.  
Project: Strategic Employer in Devon (SEED) Funding Source
An ESF funded project which is working with 20 SMEs to develop Higher Education participation in the workforce through curriculum development and engagement with local businesses. In partnership with University of Plymouth.  
Project: Savoy Educational Trust Funding Source
A project which invest in equipment and materials for events and competitions, which also supports students to go on enrichment trips as well as to support the Junior Chef programme and to create community programmes.
Project: Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) Funding Source
Working with students to use assessment for learning, to encourage progress and plan for learning, creating a consistent “learner improvement cycle” within GCSE and Functional Skills English lessons.
Project: Infinity Generator   Funding Source
To further develop the Infinity Generator, a spreadsheet containing hyper contextualised maths problems related directly to vocational courses, develop it into an online and offline app.  UFI Voc Tech Seed Fund
Project: Taking Teaching Further Funding Source
Department for Education-funded initiative which is managed by the Education and Training Foundation – 10 Tutor Industry Partnerships, allowing staff from both industry and education to be released from their daily duties throughout the project to undertake a range of activities including research, shadowing, guest teaching, professional focus groups and curriculum / professional training development.  
Project: Teacher Regional Improvement Projects (TRIPs) Funding Source
We are leading the Contextualisation of English and maths delivery, embed contextualised English and maths within Industry Placements We are also partners in two other TRIPs one regarding blended and flipped learning which Bridgwater & Taunton College are leading and one regarding industry assessment which Truro and Penwith College are leading. These projects also include Petroc College, Gloucestershire College, Lakes College and Yeovil College  

Project: Experience Works Funding Source
Part-funded by the European Social Fund, Experience Works is a programme of employability support and personalised mentoring that will help 15-24 year olds to get into work, training or education, or support them to stick with school or college if they are having difficulties. In a competitive jobs market, one of the difficulties many young people face is how they can demonstrate their potential to employers if they have limited work experience on their CV.

Experience Works creates real-world opportunities through social action and workplace learning that help them to develop and document the transferable skills they need to show an employer they are work-ready. And at the same time, it provides tailor-made support to build their confidence, whatever ups and downs they are facing. Through a combination of one to one mentoring and group sessions participants learn about employability, take part in work and skills tasters, volunteer in the community, and in doing so create their own Employment Key that clearly demonstrates to an employer or training provider that they have the ability to work and learn.

Experience Works is delivered by a partnership of organisations across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay who will work with over 1200 young people between 2021 and 2023.

Some of the recent projects supported by us are:

  • South West Energy Centre: Build and delivery of business support for renewable energy enterprises
  • Skills for Growth: European Social Fund (ESF) funded leadership and management
  • Brunel Centre: New catering training facility to support schools in Newton Abbot

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