Funded by the European Social Fund, SEED will provide opportunities for SMEs to access specialist facilities and training, and to fill existing skills gaps in their workforce as a means of improving, enhancing or growing their businesses.
The project also focuses on the relationship between higher education institutions and SMEs by encouraging the collaborative development of employment pathways for learners, including graduates, into local businesses in order to maintain skills levels and increase professional opportunities within the region.
The SEED project at Plymouth College of Art will be led by Fab Lab Plymouth (digital fabrication laboratory), and will work with SMEs from a range of sectors both in and outside of the creative industries.
Bespoke project work will seek to address the design and manufacturing challenges encountered by each SME, facilitating the emergence of new ideas, products, services and processes. Utilising a design-centred approach, SMEs involved in the project will be able to access up to 20 hours of support and will be equipped with the skills and confidence to incorporate digital design and fabrication in their problem solving.
For further information on SEED, please contact Project Coordinator Bethany Pyner via firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01752 203434 (ext. 614) or text 07969054336.