Wiltshire College secures more than £20 million to develop Salisbury and Lackham campuses @WiltsColl
With four campuses across the county, Wiltshire College is the leading provider of Further and Higher Education.
Over the past few years, the College has benefi ted from signifi cant investment including a Construction Skills Centre in Trowbridge and new state-of-the art campus in Chippenham.
Earlier this year, the College announced it had secured more than £20 million funding to develop the Salisbury and Lackham campuses.
The funding formed 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.
Wiltshire College Chair of Governors Helen Birchenough said the college was 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.
Speaking about the announcement, 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.”
“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.”
In addition to its main campuses Wiltshire College, which offers full time, part time and higher education courses, has a dedicated Motorsport Centre based at Castle Combe racing track and centres in Devizes, Warminster and Corsham.
The College is also a major provider of apprenticeship programmes, working closely with well-known employers around the region and over the past 12 months has seen applications nearly double.