The council is investing £1.9m over three years to develop new approaches aimed at developing a skills pipeline, working closely with schools, colleges and the university, pre-employment providers and employers to influence career pathways, and to provide funding for courses that unlock job opportunities, so that more of Luton residents are able to access the opportunities presented by the Investment Framework projects.

Passport to employment programme

An exclusive and bespoke programme has been designed to assess the needs of the local workforce and provide support to overcoming barriers in order to access the labour market. This course will equip the person with the right skills to be ready to enter into the world of work by focusing on various educational and training options.

This programme has been designed and developed in partnership with Job Centre Plus, local employers and education providers and ensures that our local people are prepared for working life with the core skills/standards that employers need. Everyone who completes the programme will come out with a ‘Passport to Employment’ certificate and be eligible to move onto one of the employer programmes.

We are keen to work with all local employers to support them to get the right workforce.  If you would like to find out more click the button below:

Passport to employment programme

16 x 16 programme

Offers young people the chance to display the qualities, skills and experience that employers feel are needed in the world of work, education and training. We have worked with our partners including schools, further and higher education institutions, learning providers and employers to develop this programme for young people aged between 14 to16 years old.

This gives employers the opportunity to work with the young people of the future and engage with them on future career choices and supporting them to reach their aspirations.

Luton’s Aspiration Centre and Skills Platform

Moving from location to location, makes the aspiration centre accessible to all Luton resident’s where they can find out what jobs are available in their ward and the town, how to access these new opportunities, and how to improve their skills and life chances.

The centre gives residents the opportunity to find out about the LIF programme and how transformation of the town can make a difference to their lives.

It also promotes the skills platform which provides an accessible resource to promote education, job and career opportunities across Luton. The platform allows employers, individuals, higher education and further education, training providers, Job Centre Plus and the council to host and deliver a wide range of services including jobs, training and work experience. For more information on how to advertise your company please contact the Project Manager – LIF Skills on 01582 547367 or email

University of Bedfordshire STEM building

The University of Bedfordshire is proud to serve the Luton community, helping to make Luton a great place to live and work. The university are investing in the skills that Luton employers need, including their Aviation and Airport Management degree and a new range of higher and degree apprenticeships.

In 2019 they will open a brand new £40m 6,000 square metre building for science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching and research.

The TestBeds artist accelerator programme is contributing to the vibrant Cultural Quarter, and through their cutting-edge research which helps businesses and public services to innovate and meet their challenges head-on.

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