Three projects to boost practical skills in the West of England got the go-ahead today. The Joint Committee agreed a total of £8.7m from the local growth fund towards new infrastructure aimed to help stimulate economic growth.
The projects are: £3.3m towards a new Infrastructure Construction Skills Centre at Weston College; £5.4m towards a new Health and Active Living Skills Centre at Weston College; and £75,000 towards the British Engineering Manufacturing Association training centre in Yate.
The local growth fund is awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships who consider competitive bids that demonstrate they will create new infrastructure to encourage growth, support business investment and create jobs. Any additional funding required has been found from other local and Government sources.
West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Through the Local Growth Fund the Joint Committee can approve projects that will deliver much needed infrastructure. North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and the wider region will benefit from these projects approved today to improve skills in engineering, construction and health.”
Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said: “This announcement confirms our intention to now enhance construction skills, health, wellbeing and fitness across North Somerset.
“Our facilities, including the Winter Gardens and university centre development will provide state of the art learning and resources across a range of qualification levels and sectors, meaning that local people will benefit from unprecedented access to learning opportunities including degrees.
“These new centres will give us the complete resources to meet the growing demand for these skills across the region, particularly in terms of Hinkley Point C.”