Government confirms funding for National College for Digital Skills

Details of nearly £80m in funding to support the creation of five new National Colleges – including one focused on digital skills, have been revealed by the government.

The centres of high-tech training will ensure the UK has skilled people in industries crucial to economic growth – high speed rail, nuclear, onshore oil and gas, digital skills and the creative industries.

The National College for Digital Skills’ hubs will be located in Tottenham Hale and Whitechapel in London.

Further colleges will specialise in high speed rail, nuclear, onshore oil and gas and the creative and cultural industries.


Detailed examination

The Colleges, which were confirmed in the Spending Review, have had to pass a detailed examination of their business plans and capital proposals to receive government funding which will help with the construction of new buildings and the purchase of equipment. Local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), industry bodies and businesses are also contributing towards the Colleges.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “This is the investment in high-tech skills that businesses are crying out for. We have made it a priority to work with employers to deliver high-quality, technical education and clear routes to employment that deliver economic growth and create opportunities for our young people, and enable our existing workforce to upskill and retrain for the jobs of the future.”

The National College for Digital Skills and the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries will open in September 2016.

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