£41m to help build
inspirational learning spaces across the City Region
PLACES to inspire learners and give
local people access to world class training facilities will be springing up
across the City Region with more than £41.1 million of funding being allocated
to the area.
The new or enhanced training and learning facilities are possible thanks to
£41.1 million of:- 'Skills Capital Funding' a strand of the
'Local Growth Fund'
which sees £232 million of funding secured by the Liverpool City Region Local
Enterprise Partnership to be invested in transport and skills projects across
the City Region.
The funding is being used to create new facilities or enhance existing learning
and training facilities. To date, £15.125 million of Skills Capital funding has
been committed for 30 projects across the Liverpool City Region.
2 major build projects have recently been completed. These are a specialised
Port Academy to support logistics at Hugh Baird College, which was officially
opened, on 23 June 2016 and a STEM Centre (science, technology, engineering and
manufacturing) for Wirral Metropolitan College to deliver a mix of classroom and
workshop based vocational provision, including for advanced manufacturing and
digital skills. An official opening is being planned for later in 2016.
Furthermore, at the Liverpool City Region
Combined Authority meeting in July, 2 new build projects were approved by Myerscough College, which will create
specialist new build facilities for equine and animal studies, along with Wirral
Metropolitan College that will create a new build University Health campus at
Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone.
Cllr Ian Maher, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s lead for
Employment and Skills, said:- “It’s great to see some of these projects
are now complete and are benefitting our residents and learners across the
Liverpool City Region. Having the right facilities will inspire our students to
achieve their very best. In addition, employers will reap the benefit over the
coming years by having local people being skilled and qualified to meet their