Education Funding & UTCs Demystified at IFB PlaceExpo

Director for Capital Projects, Kerrie Norman, was recently invited to speak at the PlaceExpo conference series during the International Festival for Business in Liverpool and share her knowledge of the education sector. Her speech was aimed at equipping the private and public sector with essential funding and delivery knowledge to enable more successful projects to be packaged and delivered.

Kerrie took the audience of over 100 delegates on a tour of the little-known inner workings of the education capital funding system and how the pre-2010 system of Strategic, Devolved and Targeted funding streams has evolved. The current fragmented system of funding and delivery routes poses many challenges for Clients and Delivery Partners, but significant opportunity exists to self-organise local areas and maximise funding for project pipelines with targeted specialist support.

Kerrie also spoke about one of the new forms of education provision that spans the secondary and higher education sector; University Technical Colleges. Having had the privilege of working on more than a dozen UTCs since the inception of the programme in 2011 in roles ranging from Programme Director to Client to Lead Technical Advisor, Kerrie has a unique perspective on how Universities, Employer Sponsors and Education Partners can exploit the potential of this exciting new concept and avoid the pitfalls of some of the less successful projects.

We were delighted to participate in the event with an excellent range of speakers including Liverpool City Council, Kier, Sheppard Robson, the University of Hull, Manchester Metropolitan University and Vita Student.

For further information on the PlaceExpo conference series visit: http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/ifb.html