T Level providers receive funding for facilities

Eleven T Level providers will share £8.65 million government funding to build new classrooms and refurbish buildings in readiness for the introduction of the new technical qualifications in September 2020.

The funding is to ensure that young people taking the new technical courses have access to industry standard equipment and high-quality facilities.

The 11 providers announced 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.

The T Level Capital Fund is being delivered in two parts. This first part, launched in January 2019, is for the 2020 providers to refurbish their existing buildings or to build new spaces to support the delivery of the first T Levels.

Following this, funding for specialist equipment such as digital and audio visual kit, will be allocated to all providers in spring 2020.

The Department for Education has also named the 37 T Level providers that will take part in the first round of phased implementation of the T Level Transition Programme. The programme will help young people get up to speed with the skills and confidence they need before starting their T Level. These providers work in partnership with the Association of Colleges to develop the programme content so it available from September 2020.

The breakdown of the funding between the 11 providers is available below:
    1.    Shipley College of Further Education - £121,125
    2.    The College of Richard Collyer - £206,292
    3.    City of Stoke-on-Trent sixth Form College - £296,551
    4.    Barnsley College - £2,250,000
    5.    Fareham College - £446,625
    6.    Havant and South Downs College - £495,030
    7.    Farnborough College of Technology - £767,500
    8.    Cardinal Newman Sixth Form College - £868,382
    9.    Salesian School - £1,184,000
    10.    Blackpool and The Flyde - £400,000
    11.    Bridgwater and Taunton College - £646,988
    12.    Bridgwater and Taunton College - £999,089


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