WIGAN AND LEIGH COLLEGE SET TO RECEIVE £1,229,956 AS PART OF £200 MILLION NATIONAL FUND TO TRANSFORM CAMPUS BUILDINGS

Wigan and Leigh College is to get £1,229,956 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 on 19 August.

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, James Grundy, the Conservative MP for Leigh, said:

“This funding will help Wigan and Leigh College carry on delivering for students here in Leigh at present and in the future, 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.”

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.”