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27 February 2017

Wiltshire College secures over £20 million to develop Salisbury and Lackham campuses

The announcement was made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, MP Sajid Javid, at the Chippenham campus on Tuesday, February 23.

The funding is part of an overall £28.1 million investment secured by the Swindon and Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) for key projects in the area and is the third round of Local Growth Deal allocations to LEPS across the county.

Communities Secretary Javid said: “We’re determined to see Swindon and Wiltshire thrive and this latest funding over £28 million will help create jobs, support business and develop higher skills across the region.

“The area is already benefitting from improved infrastructure and new jobs through £141 million we’ve invested so far, this extra support will build on this to give a boost to the local economy."

Wiltshire College Chair of Governors Helen Birchenough said the college is delighted to have been prioritised by the SWLEP to receive the vital funding to support its ambitious plans for growth.

She said: “Local Growth Fund support is critical to ensure Wiltshire’s campuses are comparable with other further education institutions and skills providers across the country.

“The new developments will provide students with world-class environments and enable greater involvement and engagement with local employers.

“Without the Local Growth Fund, it would have been impossible to support such a scale of transformation within Wiltshire College.

“This is great news for skills and for the economy in Wiltshire.”

At Salisbury the funding will enable a 3,500 sq m Construction, Life Sciences and Engineering Centre, enabling it to vacate leased premises off campus, as well as a 2,200 sq m higher education centre.

These additions will allow the college to introduce new curriculum and accommodate more learners.

The plans for the Lackham campus aim to boost the rural economy with a 2,400 sq m Agricultural Technology Centre and a higher education centre which will also house incubation space for land-based businesses.

The college was one of three local projects prioritised by the SWLEP including the regeneration of the Central car park and the Laltins in Salisbury.

SWLEP Chairman John Mortimer said: Investment in Wiltshire College’s Salisbury and Lackham campuses is a key priority as our SEP identifies investment in skills as a fundamental pillar of local economic growth.”

Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan, whose constituency includes the Lackham campus said: “I have been meeting regularly with Wiltshire College and supporting them in their bid for further Government funding to enhance the provision of education and training at Lackham.

“I am therefore, delighted that Wiltshire College Lackham will receive funding to modernise its infrastructure through the Local Growth Fund secured by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

“The refurbishment of the college will enable our young people to learn about land-based industries and technologies in world-class conditions leading to apprenticeships, higher skills training and job opportunities.

“The development of the Lackham campus is great news for the college staff and students and I congratulate them on this achievement.

“I also assure them of my continued efforts to promote learning and self-development among our young people so that together we can make a real difference to the future growth of our area.”

During his visit to the Chippenham campus, which opened its doors in November 2015, Communities Secretary Javid enjoyed a tour of the Motor Vehicle and Engineering workshops as well as the 3D Enterprise Centre, where he met with the Senior Leadership Group and students.