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Regional Engagement

Skills Programmes

We equip our staff, students, citizens and businesses with the skills to make the South West the best place in the UK to live, work and do business. We are committed to accelerating knowledge-intensive employment within the regional economy, generating skills in strategically important areas, and supporting graduate retention. Our Regional Skills Strategy sets out are aspirations to support our region.

Centre for Social Mobility


The University is delivering an outreach, engagement and curriculum enrichment programme via the UK’s only university centre dedicated to improving social mobility through evidence-informed practice and policy. This will raise the understanding, aspiration and opportunities for school and college pupils across Devon to help them progress into data science learning.

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Degree Apprenticeship


Degree Apprenticeships offer regional businesses an innovative and cost-effective way of attracting, training and retaining high-calibre employees and graduates. We work with employers to shape customised programmes that meet business needs.

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Entrepreneurship skills


The University of Exeter’s Student Start-Ups team deliver a comprehensive student entrepreneurship programme, equipping students with the skills and entrepreneurial mind-set required to launch successful and innovative business ideas. The team support students to take their ideas to market and create successful businesses through interactive workshops, events and 1-2-1 support, encouraging them to stay in the region and set up businesses.

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Marchmont Employment and Skills Observatory


This research centre has expertise in regional labour market analysis, monitoring and strategy formation. It has built a robust evidence base to help ensure effective policy delivery in skills, employment and economic development by working closely with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and others.

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Skills escalators


The University of Exeter developed the escalator model to build new inclusive pathways to learning that meet employer’s needs and ensure local routes to quality employment. Our Data Analytics Skills Escalator has responded to the need for digital / data analytics with new development including a new Degree Apprenticeship and MSc in Data Science, the Q-Step Centre and the South West Institute of Technology.

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South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT)


The Institute combines investment in new state-of-the-art facilities with a commitment to deliver new apprenticeships in digital and advanced engineering. It is a unique regional collaboration between Universities, Further Education Colleges in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and employers and will be a game-changer for the delivery of technical education the region.

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SPIDAS project


The University of Exeter has worked with local schools and the Met Office to explore new ways of teaching data analytics through student-centred, problem-based learning, focusing on the impacts of weather and climate change. This project supports teachers with case studies and student-centred resources.

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Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon (SEED) project


Through the SEED project we are collaborating with Further Education providers and employers to ensure curriculum development is responsive to current and future skills needs of business.

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