Furness College set to receive funding to transform campuses

Furness College is set to get £444,969 in funding to help with refurbishments as part of government plans to boost further education.

The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced on Wednesday (August 19) that the college will be one of 180 who will receive a share of £200 million to begin immediate work from this September at the Channelside and Rating Lane sites.

The money will help to repair and refurbish buildings and campuses in the hope they can continue to be great places to learn for the local communities they serve.

The funding marks the latest step in the government’s drive to overhaul further education to deliver the skilled workforce it says employers and the economy need, and aims to level up skills and opportunities for more people across the country.

The cash boost forms part of a major £1.5bn investment that hopes to transform colleges over the next five years.

This initial investment is said to be fast-tracked so colleges can kick-start work this year so students and staff will benefit a least a year earlier than originally planned.

Simon Fell, the Conservative MP for Barrow & Furness, said: “This funding will help Furness College carry on delivering for students here in Furness at present and in the future, levelling up opportunities and offering a fantastic range of courses and vocational training to people of all ages across our community. The government is continuing to deliver on it’s promise to level up across the country, ensuring every young person, no matter where they come, from has the same opportunities.”

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.”

Lancs Live – Cumbria