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Warrington and Vale Royal College to receive more than £700,000 funding for refurb

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WARRINGTON and Vale Royal College is to get £712,000 worth of funding to help with refurbishments as part of government plans to boost further education.

The college is one of more than 180 who will receive a share of £200 million to begin immediate work from this September to repair and refurbish buildings and campuses so they continue to be great places to learn for the local communities they serve, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced.

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.

Welcoming the news, Andy Carter, the Conservative MP for Warrington South, said: “This funding will help Warrington & Vale Royal college carry on delivering for students living all across Warrington, carrying on with the government’s promise to level up across the country, ensuring every young person, no matter where they come from has the same opportunities 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.”

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