Minister Keegan

Share of £5.4m awarded to upskill 20 UK colleges

The Department for Education has awarded £5.4m today (July 23) to 20 colleges to help level up skills across the country.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan made the announcement today that 20 applications have been successful and will receive a total of £5.4m from the College Collaboration Fund (CCF).

The cash boost will work to enable more people to access high quality training and education and drive up standards across the country.

Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister said:

“I’m delighted to announce the 20 applications that have been successful in securing funding from the College Collaboration Fund.

“Now more than ever, it’s vital that colleges can support their students to gain the skills they need to progress and employers and our economy need to grow. This fund will help colleges work together, to develop cutting edge digital approaches to online learning, to overcome new challenges and continue to deliver high quality education and training for the communities they serve.

“The past few months have been a challenging time for the sector, but they have gone above and beyond to support their students. This additional funding will help to support further collaborative work as we move forward. I look forward to hearing more about their progress and wish them all the best.”

The colleges will have the opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge and experience of training and education on offer as well as access support in developing digital content.

It will also work to ensure that students affected by coronavirus are able to catch-up on learning hours and avoid becoming NEET (not in education employment or training).

 

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