Funding secured for Early Years Career Progression Pathways

11/12/2020 by Sinead Staunton

Newman University is delighted to have been successful in its application for funding to support the Early Years Career Progression Pathways (EYCPP) project.

EYCPP is a £900,000 ESF-funded project that supports Newman University and Birmingham City University partner with sector specialists West Smethwick Enterprise in addressing some of the challenges faced by the region’s Early Years sector.  Newman’s project lead Ian Fellows said “this will be an opportunity to secure high-quality student placements, to positively influence the graduate labour market in a challenging sector that many of our students have aspirations to join, to develop collaborative partnerships with a range of providers in the region, and to encourage parents and carers to return to education by providing positive pathways and support into our degree courses“.

Dr Mehreen Mirza, Chair of the Employability Task Group, Newman University added “I am delighted that the University, in partnership with Birmingham City University, has been successful in winning this bid which will support our students in gaining valuable real-world experience in the Early Years sector.  The importance of this sector for all our children should not be underestimated, especially as we know that good early experience provides the necessary foundation for successful future learning and well-being.  It is a privilege to be able to play a part in supporting the work of our Early Years partners and to make a positive impact on the employability of our students in the region.