As featured in Sussex World.
Gillian Keegan, the Member of Parliament for Chichester, has welcomed news that the Government will be investing almost £6 million in Chichester College Group as part of efforts to boost skills training across communities.
The announcement is part of a broader Government package of support being deployed across the country, one which will see £432 million invested across 100 colleges and universities in England. Following a rigorous bidding process, the Group learned they had ultimately been successful in securing the joint-largest funding package of any of the 100 finalists.
The Chichester College Group itself comprises 9 different campuses across the South East, with one of its largest being Chichester College, located in Westgate Fields near the city centre. The Group offers a variety of practical courses and apprenticeships to its students, who can take classes in subject ranging from Adult Education to Engineering and Maths. This new funding will mean providers like them can invest in state-of-the-art facilities, such as new engineering and science labs, to better help them deliver on key skills for the future.
“I’ve long been an advocate for delivering more real-world, practical skills into our classrooms, and it’s amazing to see that really taking off at places like Chichester College.” Added Gillian.
“This is absolutely fantastic news for the community, and I can’t wait to see the difference this will make in bringing up our next generation of skilled workers.” She continued.
Commenting, the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, said:
“Investing in education and skills will unlock future growth, boost productivity and help build the skilled workforce of the future.
[…] Whether it’s in aerospace engineering or green tech, this funding will provide young people with the support they need to build a great career.”