College plans for a multi million pound skill centre to help train hundreds of young unemployed people have been given a cash boost.
The new centre will be purpose built to provide specialist training for those not in employment, education or training (NEET’s), as well as providing a new home for the college’s foundation learning students.
A third of the cash is now coming through the third phase of the Government’s enhanced renewal grant after Myerscough submitted a bid to the Skills Funding Agency for help.
The college’s chief executive and principal Ann Turner said: “I’m so pleased that Myerscough College has been successful in securing funding from the Government.
“Their assistance will allow us to construct a brand new, purpose built skills centre dedicated to providing training for young people not currently in full-time work or education.
“Backing projects such as our new skills centre sends out the right message for the Government.
She added: “The new centre will provide a range of options for students, including short course education qualifications, pre-apprenticeship training and specialist skills training.
“Apprenticeships have seen rapid growth in recent years – with the construction of a dedicated skills centre; we anticipate the creation of many more apprenticeship opportunities for young people in the coming years.”
The new centre will be an entirely new structure at Myerscough’s main campus in Bilsborrow,
Construction work is due to start next summer and it is hoped it will be finished in the first half of 2014. One of the conditions of the funding is that the project is ready by September 2014.
Precise student numbers are not yet known, although the college plans to offer a wide range of courses and it is expected that between 300-400) will benefit from the new facilities at any given time. It is not yet known whether extra staff will be taken on to work in the new centre.