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Two colleges receive £2.7 million to transform buildings and digital infrastructure

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New College Swindon

 

Wiltshire College and New College Swindon are among 180 further education colleges to be allocated a share of a £200 million government fund.

New College Swindon – which this week confirmed its merger with neighbouring Swindon College – will receive £1,491,834, while Wiltshire College – which has campuses at Lackham, Salisbury, Chippenham, and Trowbridge – gets £1,217,666.

The Build Back Better initiative is part of a £1.5 billion package promised by the government to transform further education so every college is fit for the future.

The initial investment – earmarked for refurbishing buildings and campuses – 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.

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.”