- The City of Wolverhampton College will benefit from upgraded facilities to improve its education offer.
- The Government is fast-tracking £200 million pledged to repair and upgrade further education buildings.
- The extra funding sits alongside the Government's transformational 10-year school rebuilding programme.
Stuart Anderson MP has welcomed the news that the City of Wolverhampton College will benefit from £977,134 to repair its buildings and to upgrade its facilities. The City of Wolverhampton College is one of 180 further education institutions that has been allocated a share of the Government’s £200 million investment to repair buildings and upgrade facilities. This funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to transform further education, unleash potential, and to level up.
This funding comes from the £200 million package which was announced by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP in June as part of his ‘New Deal for Britain.’ The Prime Minister's New Economic Deal will help the nation to bounce back from Coronavirus by investing in infrastructure and skills, and creating jobs. Funding for further education has been brought forward from the £1.5 billion investment the Chancellor pledged in the last budget to upgrade the further college estate over the next five years.
The City of Wolverhampton College plays a pivotal role in the community by unlocking talent, building skills, and helping young people to gain highly successful careers. For too long, further education has not received the attention that it rightly deserves in providing students of all ages with great opportunities and excellent training experiences that can lead to a high skilled and well-paid job. In this Government’s ambitions to transform post-16 educational opportunities, the Government has already introduced high-quality apprenticeships and is now rolling out its ground-breaking T-Level qualifications from next month.
Commenting, Stuart Anderson MP said: “I am delighted that the City of Wolverhampton College will be receiving £977,134. I receive regular updates from the College, and I have been thoroughly impressed by the way in which it has adopted its ways of working in light of the Coronavirus pandemic to continue to offer important support students, apprentices, and staff. The City of Wolverhampton College’s major contribution to our great city is reflected in its number of applications, which are higher at this point than in previous years, with applications across all subject areas. I am glad that this extra funding will help to ensure that the City of Wolverhampton College can continue to get the investment and resources that its needs to deliver a world class education for local young people. It will open up opportunity and deliver a workforce that will help get Britain back on its feet.”
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson added: “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.”