Engineering at heart of multi-million college investment
- Published on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:10
- Written by Govtoday staff
More than 50 colleges throughout the country are set to invest millions in building modern facilities after 2 further rounds of government capital investment unlocked £488 million.
Many of the successful colleges will use this money to build state of the art science and engineering facilities to provide training for the next generation of engineers.
The government is targeting those in the greatest need of help and those that can best support growth in the economy by investing £232.7 million in colleges, matched with more than £250 million investment from colleges themselves.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
"Boosting the quality and availability of training is fundamental to building a stronger economy, with skilled jobs spread across all regions of the UK.
"Our commitment to support modern, well-equipped colleges and training centres to train the next generation sits alongside the government's industrial strategy giving business the confidence to invest in the long-term.
"For Britain to compete, and for everyone to reach their potential, we need the very best training centres, staffed with the very best trainers. This is why I can confirm that a further £330 million will also be available for skills capital investment through the Local Growth Fund in 2016-17 in order to support local priorities.
"This investment, along with these 50 or so new college capital projects takes total government capital investment in FE colleges since May 2010 to over £1.5 billion."
Projects being funded include Dudley College's new engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops, Leeds City College centre for mechanical engineering and Runshaw College's industry standard engineering and science facilities.
This investment in college estates forms the third and fourth rounds of the College Capital Investment Fund (CCIF), through which £550 million is being made available between 2013 and 2015.
The focus on engineering, science and manufacturing is shown by:
- Dudley College's £1.7million in Dudley Enhance, which includes a workshop and lecture theatre for engineering and advanced manufacturing programmes. These facilities are a response to increased demand for engineering and manufacturing
- almost £10 million of investment at Leeds City College to build a new home for engineering, manufacturing and electrical provision. This development will address higher level skills shortages in mechanical engineering in the area
- Runshaw College's project to build new training facilities for engineering and science. This project has been designed in response to the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership's strategy to meet a need for engineers in the county
- a centre for engineering excellence and creative digital facilities at North Lindsey College, which with £12 million investment will provide state of the art industry standard equipment and technology
Many more projects will develop substandard facilities, providing top of the range vocational education colleges which will help increase the value and relevance of England's colleges.