A Wrexham College has been awarded a multi-million pound investment to create a new industry standard technology centre.
Coleg Cambria is to receive £4.125 million of Welsh Government funding to develop a state of art technology centre at their Bersham Road Campus.
The match funding was confirmed by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams today, bringing the total cost of the project to £8.25 million.
In March Wrexham.com reported that the college had submitted a planning application to significantly redevelop and enhance the facilities at the Bersham Road campus.
As well as refurbishing and demolishing some existing buildings, the money will be used to build a new, two storey technology building on the College’s existing Bersham Road Campus. The new building will provide an improved industry standard learning facility for construction, engineering, motor vehicle and manufacturing and provision.
The new build area, due to be competed by September 2017, will accommodate over 500 learners, with another 500 plus learners accessing the refurbished facilities.
Funding has been allocated as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, a collaboration between the Welsh Government, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and local authorities with the aim of creating a generation of 21st education infrastructure in Wales.
The programme focuses resources on the right schools in the right places, for early years through to post-16.
Kirsty Williams said: “The building will provide new state of the art facilities to enhance the College’s curriculum offer for meeting the current learner and employer needs.
“The demand for something new and different in post-16 provision is not just about raising levels of achievement and skills; it is about driving the wider Welsh economy which depends on these things.”
You can read our earlier report about Coleg Cambria’s new technology centre, here.