First batch of T Level providers to receive funding from £38 million fund to help build new classrooms and refurbish buildings
Eleven T Level providers are set to benefit from a share of an £8.65 million investment to help build new classrooms and refurbish buildings in readiness for the introduction of the new technical qualifications in September 2020, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton announced today (Thursday 11 July).
The funding has been awarded from the £38 million T Level Capital Fundwhich is designed to make sure young people taking the new technical courses have access to industry standard equipment and high-quality facilities so they gain the skills and knowledge employers demand. Today marks the first wave of providers to be awarded funding from the Capital Fund, with further funding expected to be awarded to more T Level providers later this year.
The 11 providers announced today include The Blackpool and Fylde College that will receive £400,000 to invest in state of the art facilities so students learn the skills they need to progress in the construction industry, and Barnsley College in South Yorkshire that will receive £2.2 million to build a new Digital Innovation Hub so young people gain the digital skills needed for the jobs of the future. Providers submitted proposals based on their specific needs and all received the funding they applied for in full.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minster, Anne Milton said:
T Levels will be the biggest change to technical education in a generation – helping young people fast-track their career and get a head start in the world of work.
I’m thrilled to announce the first batch of T Level providers who will benefit from the T Level Capital Fund, so young people will have access to high-quality facilities come September 2020 when the first T Level courses will be taught. I look forward to announcing further allocations of funding soon.
Bev Robinson OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Blackpool and The Fylde College said:
Blackpool and The Fylde College has invested significantly in its technical and professional learning resources for many years to ensure that students greatly benefit from using industry standard equipment. We welcome the national development of T Levels and the investment which the government is choosing to make. The announcement of a financial contribution towards ongoing extensive capital investment will assist in maintaining B&FC’s very high standards of technical and professional education and training aligned to the needs of the economy.