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£41m to help build inspirational learning spaces across the City Region

Places to inspire learners and give local people access to world-class training facilities will be springing up across the City Region with more than £41.1 million of funding being allocated to the area.

The new or enhanced training and learning facilities are possible thanks to £41.1 million of Skills Capital Funding – a strand of the Local Growth Fund which sees £232 million of funding secured by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to be invested in transport and skills projects across the city region.

The funding is being used to create new facilities or enhance existing learning and training facilities. To date, £15.125 million of Skills Capital funding has been committed for 30 projects across the Liverpool City Region. 

Two major build projects have recently been completed.  These are a specialised Port Academy to support logistics at Hugh Baird College, which was officially opened on 23 June 2016 and a STEM Centre (science, technology, engineering and manufacturing) for Wirral Metropolitan College to deliver a mix of classroom and workshop based vocational provision, including for advanced manufacturing and digital skills. An official opening is being planned for later in 2016.

Furthermore, at the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meeting in July, two new build projects were approved – Myerscough College, which will create specialist new build facilities for equine and animal studies, along with Wirral Metropolitan College that will create a new build University Health campus at Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone.

Cllr Ian Maher, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s lead for Employment and Skills, said “It’s great to see some of these projects are now complete and are benefitting our residents and learners across the Liverpool City Region.  Having the right facilities will inspire our students to achieve their very best.  In addition, employers will reap the benefit over the coming years by having local people being skilled and qualified to meet their specific needs.”