College wins £10.5million funding to provide world-class facilities

Stoke on Trent College has received a £10.5million boost to help create a new Construction and Engineering Centre at its Burslem campus.

A bid for funding from the Skills Funding Agency’s College Capital Investment Fund (CCIF) was made in this year and has been confirmed as successful.

It means work will soon get underway on a new state-of-the-art Construction and Engineering Centre to provide ‘consolidated’ facilities on the campus for its students, as well as refurbishment of the existing Sports Hall.

The new facilities will be open to learners by September 2015 and are the third phase of refurbishment at the Burslem Campus that aim to provide high-quality skills and training facilities in the city.

This latest investment comes just weeks after the college announced a £12million capital investment to transform the college’s Cauldon Campus in Stoke, and forms part of more than £36m of developments currently underway and recently completed across the two campuses.

Sarah Robinson, Principal and Chief Executive of Stoke on Trent College, said “This investment is a huge boost for the city and its community. This is not just going to benefit young learners, it is going to help support adult learners and apprenticeships across the region too.

Furthermore, this new development will provide high-class training facilities for local engineering and construction businesses to facilitate their staff training and development.

We will be creating a learning environment that will help deliver the skills which Stoke on Trent needs to fuel its regeneration and inevitably boost the local economy.

As a college, we are passionate about providing people in the area with as many opportunities as possible. Therefore this is a significant step forward for us in our quest to be at the forefront of providing quality training and education in North Staffordshire.

This is an incredibly exciting time for Stoke on Trent College as well as for education provision in the City.”

The new structure will be erected alongside the John Seddon Building, home to the college’s plumbing, painting, decorating and woodwork courses. The new Construction and Engineering Centre will provide world-leading engineering workshops and laboratories that will house the likes of high-tech CNC machinery, as well as high-specification brick and plastering workshops. Landscaping and new car parks will also be created on existing areas of the campus to help provide a modern and scenic learning space for the city.

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