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14.07.23 – Stoke on Trent College Grant, Cyber Champion Programme

Written by on 14 July 2023

Stoke on Trent College is delighted to be awarded a further £1.5 million for developing new facilities for Health and Science and Broadcast Media, providing further exciting choices for young people across the city.

The funding is from the T Level Capital Facilities and Improvement Grant funding from the Department for Education which supports Colleges with the development of these innovative and technical qualifications.

£750,000 of this funding will support the development of the Health and Science provision leading to the introduction of two new T Levels available from 2024: Supporting the Care of Children and Young People and Supporting the Midwifery Team.  These will add to the portfolio of Health and Science T Levels due to start this September.

A further £750k will support the new Broadcast and Digital Media T Level, further developing the College’s extensive Digital and Creative offer. Improving access and visibility of the digital sector and developing aspirational and specialist broadcast and digital media teaching facilities.

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Businesses are being encouraged join a Staffordshire police led cyber initiative which is being re-launched.

The force led Cyber Champion programme which is supported by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, Staffordshire University and the Regional Organised Crime Unit – offers specific training to local organisations in identifying thing such as phishing emails, scams or cyber-attacks.

The course itself is currently free and involves a four-hour training session. Businesses including Beth Johnson Foundation, Chambers of Commerce, WhitChem Limited and Asist are amongst the many who have benefitted from the training previously.

Following its inception in October 2018, specially trained officers have been educating representatives from local business in cyber with a Staffordshire University led survey finding 100% of those taking part would recommend the programme.

Alex Burnham, Cyber PROTECT Officer who leads on the course design and delivers the training said: “What is great about this course is that it is specifically designed for users, so attendees do not need any IT knowledge prior to coming along to the training.

“I would encourage all businesses to get on board with the initiative to raise awareness to cyber criminality and help strengthen cyber security throughout the workplace.”

For more information on how to get involved, contact

CyberCrimeUnit@staffordshire.police.uk