‘Collaborate to Train’ is a three-year project that will engage with over 250 local small businesses and support them to increase their involvement in the education and workforce training system.

The project will also analyse existing service delivery in areas including work experience, apprenticeships, internships and schools partnerships to discover good practice in collaborative working, challenges and barriers encountered.

The project aims to ensure that Coventry and Warwickshire’s education and training activities are business-led, fit-for-purpose and responsive to the needs of local employers.

‘Collaborate to Train’ in part-funded by the European Social Fund.

FabLab Coventry have a particular interest in how we can use innovative models to encourage small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to get involved in the activities of this project. Working closely with the employers to encourage and support them to take on more work experience, interns and apprentices by taking on the initial engagement and brokering relationships with the university staff and students. As well as enabling those SMEs without the physical capacity to host placements to deliver work experience projects.


We aim to engage with local SMEs to support them to increase their involvement with education and employment services across:

  • Work experience placements
  • Supported internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • School engagement activities
  • Innovative models


We will also look at ways of working and innovative models, to facilitate easier collaboration and networking across the project. We would like to incorporate more employer consultation into our processes and involve businesses in the design and development of future and current services.

‘Collaborate to Train’ will work across the whole Coventry and Warwickshire LEP area. The project aims to facilitate ling lasting change within the education and training system of Coventry and Warwickshire, ensuring that activities are:

  • Fit for purpose
  • Business led
  • Responsive to needs

Project Partners:

  • Warwickshire College Group
  • Coventry College
  • University of Warwick
  • Coventry City Council
  • North Warwickshire and Hinkley College
  • Coventry University
  • Warwickshire County Council

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