Wells MP James Heappey says he is ‘delighted’ that Strode College in his constituency has been awarded £650,000 as part of the second wave of theT Levels Capital Fund, which will be used to build a hospital ward and additional science lab.
This follows funding the College, in Street, was awarded to refurbish its Digital Media and Technology Centre, which was opened by Mr Heappey and Minister for Apprenticeships, Gillian Keegan last year.
Katy Quinn, Principal and CEO of Strode College, said: “Strode College were delighted to have benefited from T Level capital funding from the DfE which has allowed us to provide our students with access to high-quality Industrial standard facilities to support their learning and successful career development. We are so pleased to have been able to transform an old, dark, and inefficient 1960s building into a bright, modern, and airy specialist centre for Digital Media and Technology because of this funding.
“These new classrooms and facilities have revolutionised learning for students. The next T Level funding we have successfully bid for is for £650k 100% grant funding to build a hospital ward and 4th science lab in E block. Really great news for the College, our staff and students.”
Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, said: “Capital funding is available to providers to build new or refurbish existing buildings and classrooms to ensure that students have access to modern, world class facilities.
“There is also funding for the latest industry standard specialist equipment, to ensure that young people are work ready when they graduate from their T Level. To date, providers have been able to purchase specialist equipment such as surveying equipment, digital workspaces, and engineering workshops.
“As the rollout of T Levels progresses, we will continue to support T Level providers to delivery high quality courses.
Mr Heappey added: “Strode College is really leading the way with regards to the delivery of T-Levels and this funding for a hospital ward and an additional science lab will provide a host of options for my constituents.
“The College has worked so hard to broaden its offering and I am delighted to see the DFE recognise their fantastic work.
“I look forward to following the progress of this exciting project.”