Steve Barclay MP welcomes new funding

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Steve Barclay MP has welcomed an invitation made to the College of West Anglia to make a detailed application to the Government’s £168m College Capital Investment Fund for 2013.

The Minister for Skills Matthew Hancock MP wrote to Mr Barclay outlining an offer made to the College to develop its proposed capital projects into a detailed application for Skills Funding Agency support.

Among projects that could benefit from the funding are the £5.8m development of a new teaching block and landscaping at the Final Isle Campus in Wisbech. Ongoing capital projects include the £13m development of a 9-storey educational building in King’s Lynn which is due to open its doors to students in September.

Steve Barclay said: “It’s great news for current and prospective students that the Minister has offered the college the opportunity to submit a detailed application as part of the 2013-14 Capital Investment Fund.

“The fact that the college of West Anglia has been selected as one of 40 education centres to benefit from the next phase of detailed bid assistance is recognition of the brilliant development of educational facilities which is currently underway at the College.

“I am sure that the assistance will enable the College to put together a robust and persuasive case for further funds from the Skills Funding Agency and I very much look forward to the outcome of the Agency’s review over the coming months- Let’s hope it is a positive result for staff and students.”

So far the Skills Funding Agency has offered over £168m funding for capital development projects to over 64 colleges across England.

An update on the progress of the College’s bid is expected in the coming months.