announced to improve learning and training across the Liverpool City Region
A number of projects to enhance and
develop Further Education facilities across the Liverpool City Region and
ensure future learners are equipped with the skills local employers need
have been agreed inprinciple at a resent Liverpool City Region Combined
In total, 4 projects received:- 'expression of interest stage' approval, which
means they can now progress to a full application. These will be considered
at a future Combined Authority meeting.
In total, across the four projects, up to £7.9m of skills capital funding
will be granted, subject to approval by the Combined Authority of detailed
bids for each project in the coming months. The 4 projects are:-
► City of Liverpool College - Creation of a digital academy at the
College's Myrtle Street site to meet employer demand for skills in the
digital and creative sector.
► JTL with North West Training Council (NWTC) - Improved facilities
for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths learners at NWTC's site in
► Myerscough College – An investment programme to enhance the
College's equine and animal studies course provision at Croxteth Country
► Wirral Metropolitan College – Construction of a new build project
adjacent to the College's existing Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone site to
provide a University Health Campus to deliver nursing and other vocational
NHS careers training in partnership with the University of Chester.
In total the Skills Capital Investment Fund has now committed to invest in
over 30 projects across Liverpool City Region to a total grant value of
approximately £23.6 million.
The funding is part of the Liverpool City Region's £232 million Growth Deal
that was secured from Government by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
in 2014. Working together, the City Region is investing the Skills Capital
Investment Fund, consisting of £41.1 million across 2015/16 and 2016/17 as
an integral part of the overall Growth Deal.
The Skills Capital Investment Fund is now closed to new applications however
it is likely to open again in the Autumn (2016).
Cllr Ian Maher, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority portfolio lead for
Employment and Skills, said:- "Today's investment and the grant
funding previously agreed will deliver the learning facilities our young
people and job seekers need to gain industry standard skills and be able to
compete for high quality employment opportunities across the Liverpool City
Region. The proposed investment in facilities will ensure local people can
access high quality provision and gain the skills our local employers are
looking for. I look forward to receiving the full applications in due