Colleges given £5.5m for development projects
MORE than £5 million has been given to local further education colleges by the Skills Funding Agency.
Derby College will benefit from a £2.88 million boost towards a £10.33 million project to renovate the former magistrates' court in Ilkeston and transform it into a town-centre campus.
The college obtained planning permission for the project in August and work has begun to ensure that it is open in September next year.
Work includes the creation of an engineering, vehicle and construction workshop, hair and beauty salons and classrooms.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
The new development will replace the former college campus, in Field Road, which was given the go-ahead last month to become the site of a new Morrisons store in Ilkeston.
A Skills Funding Agency spokesman said: "The project will enable the site, which is deemed to be exceedingly poor and inoperable, to be disposed of and a new one to be established."
A further £2.7 million has been given to Burton and South Derbyshire College for an £8.1 million project to carry out a campus-wide refurbishment in Lichfield Street.
The work will involve the demolition of an old woodworking building and workshops built in the 1950s.
The replacement building includes a new refectory and an extension for performing and creative arts facilities to provide an indoor and outdoor performance space.
The main college building will be significantly refurbished to create a better learning environment and be more energy-efficient.
The money was awarded to the colleges from a £110 million pot and the remainder of the cash for the projects will be raised by the colleges.
Announcing the cash giveaway, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "These projects will transform the learning environment for thousands of students across the country, providing them with modern resources that will help them fulfil their potential.
"Addressing gaps in skills is an important part of our industrial strategy and is another example of working in long-term partnership with industry."