The Mayor of London has confirmed a £65 million injection in the capital’s colleges and further education facilities, including .
It follows a funding pot of £55m last year in a host of new campuses technology hubs and workshops – taking the total investment available for 22 colleges in London to £120m.
The £65m has been agreed for seven of those projects to be delivered over the next four years as part of the London Enterprise Panel’s Further Education Capital Investment Fund, launched by the Mayor following a successful bid for Growth Deal funding from Government in January last year. The majority of the fund has been allocated, with a small amount to be allocated for projects later in the year.
In this latest round of confirmed funding, a £22.5m grant has been approved for Lambeth College to create a new campus, training hotel, homes, new jobs and construction skills centre at the heart of the Vauxhall Nine Elms regeneration area.
The funding programme is designed to upgrade and modernise London’s colleges and further education services to ensure they are fit for purpose and put students in pole position for the 860,000 new jobs to be delivered in the capital over the next 20 years.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “As a global city attracting the very best talent, it’s only right Londoners have world-class facilities to ensure they are prepared to compete for the thousands of new jobs being created in business, tech, media and construction. I am pleased to be able to support our colleges as they prepare the next generation who will further London’s position as the best big city in the world.”
In round one are Barnet and Southgate College, who get £6m for a new 6,403 m2 Colindale Skills Centre accommodating state of the art industry simulated environments for new construction technologies, hairdressing academy, a learning resource centre, together with the modernisation for niche skills in medical science at Southgate.
West Thames College will get £900,000 for improvements to Feltham Skills Centre and the construction of a new two-storey workshop building. There will be 1048m2 of construction works and 1700m2 of existing accommodation improvements.
Uxbridge College get £196,000 to support the next phase of the college’s development of its STEM specialism and promote further growth of apprenticeships.
College of North West London get £6.5m to fund plans for demolishing the 1970s Edison building and replacing it with a new 5,240m2 five floor multipurpose educational facility, which includes a dedicated reception space, employment zones including bistro and wellbeing centre, digital media suite, flexible learning space and a computer engineering suite.
Harrow College get £1.8m for a new healthcare training and education facility at Harrow Weald Campus. It will provide innovative senior care support training as well as specialist care training in areas including dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and limited mobility care.
In round two, along with the Vauxhall scheme, Ealing Hammersmith and West London College gets £660,000 for a hospitality and catering hub, providing jobs, training, education, apprenticeships and business support, based at Southall Manor House.