George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has welcomed the news that £19million of funding has been made available to upgrade 19 colleges in South West to ‘build back better’ and kick-start work to upgrade their buildings and estates.
The funding marks the latest step in the government’s drive to overhaul further education and deliver the skilled workforce employers and the economy need, and that will help level up skills and opportunities for more people across the country. The cash boost forms part of a major £1.5bn investment that will transform colleges over the next 5 years. This initial investment is being fast-tracked so colleges can kick-start work this year and so students and staff will benefit a least a year earlier than originally planned.
George said, "The news that £19million of funding has been made available to colleges in the South West is great news as we continue to support our higher education providers. With Cornwall College set to receive £1,383,066 and Truro and Penwith College receiving £1,283,707, this will be an invaluable source of help. The government is committed to supporting students across the country and helping them gain the skills they need to progress in life."
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said, "We want to build a world class further education system which delivers for the whole nation, and a key part of this is ensuring colleges are fit for the future - with better facilities and brand-new buildings. It is brilliant news that more than 180 colleges will receive a share of £200 million so they can start immediate work to renovate buildings and facilities, with further funding being invested over the next 5 years.
"We want all students to continue to receive high-quality education and training, no matter where they grow up or what college they go to. Now more than ever, it is vital that colleges can support their students to gain the skills they need to progress and help the economy to recover and grow."