By Daniel Hunter

Two further education colleges will receive new government funding to help create modern teaching facilities in a multi-million pound revamp of their campuses, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock announced today (Friday).

Barnsley College, Yorkshire and Brooksby Melton College, Leicestershire will get shares of more than £13 million to invest in projects that will boost skills in the construction and automotive sector.

The two successful colleges made applications through the new College Capital Investment Fund (CCIF). As many as 50 more colleges have applied through this framework, which will enable the improvement of facilities throughout the country.

The government has invested £1.2 billion in new college facilities since May 2010 targeting those in the greatest need of help and those that can support growth in the economy.

Barnsley College will receive £3.6 million in funds from the government, which will go toward the construction of a £10.8 million construction centre. Brooksby Melton will receive £10.8 million allowing them to begin a £13 million relocation of its motor vehicle engineering campus.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock made the announcement on a visit to the Midlands. He said: “If we are to succeed in the global race and help learners to reach their full potential we need to provide state of the art classrooms and modern equipment.

“The government is committed to improving the facilities available to learners to ensure Britain has a highly skilled workforce being given the best opportunities to acquire new skills. These investments will not only benefit learners, but also the local communities, and the local economy.”

The Minister is visiting the Midlands to see the range of further education facilities on offer to learners throughout the region and work being done to attract people to undertake an apprenticeship.

He will open the Halesowen & Rowley Regis Apprenticeship and Skills Fair. More than 20 businesses including Jaguar Land Rover, Sandvik and Hadley Group will be at the event, which runs from 10am until 3pm on Friday 3 May.

After the fair the Minister will visit Sandwell College and meet learners. He will also visit Burton and South Derbyshire College, and its training partner St George’s Park — the new home of English football — where he will see apprentices put through their paces.

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