Furness Education & Skills Partnership

Strengthening the partnership between education and business in the Furness area since 2011

Awarded charitable status in 2019

Helping students in the Furness area to build skills and aspirations

Furness Education & Skills Partnership (FESP) is a partnership of schools, colleges, local employers and agencies which recognise the need to equip local young people with the knowledge, skills and aspirations relevant to a competitive 21st century marketplace.

FESP Skills for the 21st Century Marketplace

Examples of our Projects

BEP Image for FESP Homepage

The Barrow Engineering Project (BEP) raises the profile of Engineering in the local area.  It enriches STEM attainment of learners within the project through the existing curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

The BEP is supported by the Royal Academy of Engineers and the Sir John Fisher Foundation.  

Building My Skills Image for FESP Homepage

The ‘Build my Skills’ programme is designed to equip young people with the necessary skills and competences to make them more employable.

There is a programme of study across all 4 Key Stages (KS1-4).

The Furness STEM Show for FESP Homepage

The Furness STEM Show took place on the 12th and 13th of March 2024 at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness. It was attended by 1400 students from 33 different schools. 

The event delivered a host of activities for primary and secondary age children to discover and be inspired by STEM subjects and activities.

Step up and Play is a project being delivered by four schools in Central Barrow-in-Furness, working together outside school time, with the support of Furness Education & Skills Partnership.

The project makes sure that children aged 4-11 in Central Barrow get as many chances as everyone else to join a local sports club if they wish. It does this by enabling children to attend training, practices and competitions.

Year 4 Project For FESP Homepage

As an outcome of the global pandemic, many children have lost interest in education and are struggling with motivation and learning focus.

This project was designed to help the children look to the future, think about jobs they may like to have and the skills they need to develop.

Holiday Camps for FESP Homepage

Providing children and young people with the opportunity to develop and exercise leadership (and in a social action setting) can have benefits for the individual young person, their peer group and society more broadly.

Our Holiday Camps enable businesses to connect with local communities and forge ongoing links with local schools and raise their profile in the local community.

Aims & Objectives


Establish balanced & effective local education & business partnerships to raise awareness of potential career pathways


Raise aspirations by providing current, real-world applied learning opportunities in all three education phases


To develop those transferable skills which will aid young people at key transition points in their education and into the world of work

FESP Build your dreams

Helping the future workforce reach their full potential

We facilitate projects, events and links which enable and drive enterprise, innovation and long term growth in the local, regional and national economy.

Education and skills – the foundation for growth and prosperity: a role for employers in the education of children they will one day employ

The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine of Thenford

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