£200 million to transform college buildings

The Department for Education has announced that further education colleges will receive a new funding boost to ‘build back better’ and kick-start work to upgrade their buildings and estates.

More than 180 colleges will receive a share of £200 million to begin immediate work from this September to repair and refurbish buildings and campuses.

The funding forms part of a major £1.5 billion investment that will transform colleges over the next five years, with this first phase of investment fast-tracked.

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.”

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