Wakefield College gets £1m from government to improve facilities

Wakefield College has been given £1m from the government to help renovate its building and facilities.

Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 4:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 4:12 pm
Wakefield College said the money would help them improve student facilities.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced a £200m package for further education sites across the country on Wednesday, to help fund repairs and refurbishments.

It comes just two days after Mr Williamson was forced into a U-turn over how this year's GCSE and A-Level results were calculated, after a huge backlash from students and teachers.

Wakefield College, which is based on Margaret Street in the city centre, learning for school leavers as well as adult education courses.

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Education secretary Gavin Williamson, who announced the cash today, has come under fire for his department's handling of the GCSE and A-Level results chaos. Picture from Getty Images.

College principal Sam Wright said: "We welcome the additional funding announced by the government this morning. These additional funds will be used to further enhance student facilities and create an exciting and positive teaching environment.

"Wakefield College has invested considerably into its estate over the last few years and this grant will help us continue to provide a modern teaching and learning facility where our students continue to thrive and transform their lives through learning."

The government said the funding had been "fast-tracked" to allow colleges to make improvements earlier.

Announcing the investment, Mr 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 five 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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