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Investing in your future

Friday, July 31 2020

At West Lancashire College it is our priority to give the local community access to the very best facilities, resources and opportunities.  Over a number of years, we have made a significant investment in our campus.  In 2011 we invested £42.8m in a brand new campus situated in Skelmersdale town centre, which benefited from the addition of a £2.5m Construction, Engineering & Logistics Centre in 2019.

We are therefore excited to let you know about the latest plans to enhance our fabulous campus giving our current and future students even more opportunities to benefit from amazing facilities and resources.

We have recently been awarded £1.3m funding from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Programme, which aims to unlock growth and give local people the ability to drive forward growth for the area.

The investment is set to meet the current and future skills needs of our local and regional economy, and will provide brand new equipment and facilities that will ensure that our students are fully equipped to join the workforce and support economic growth.

The project includes the creation of a new STEM Centre located within our main campus, housing a large, hi-spec, fully equipped laboratory, preparation room, theory classrooms and an external teaching space.

The STEM Centre will support the delivery of The School of Medicine, Access to Medical Science and Applied Science programmes, and offers students access to the very best specialist equipment and technology.  The development of this Centre also provides an opportunity to further enhance our Apprenticeship offer with the addition of Apprenticeships in Pharmacy Technician and Dental Nursing

In addition, we have created brand new Gas assessment bays in our Construction Engineering & Logistics Centre, which has enabled us to enhance our course offer to deliver the much sought after Plumbing Level 3 Apprenticeship and other industry standard gas courses.  We have also upgraded much of the machinery and equipment in the Centre.

The investment has also allowed us a very exciting refurbishment opportunity; one of our current IT Suites will be converted into a ‘Gaming Cave’, a Virtual Reality environment with wall to ceiling screens and the very latest in digital technologies, which will enable us to train people to support the current digital skills gaps in our region.

Finally, we have installed a brand new CCTV system and have upgraded WiFi across our campus - we now have 1.1Gbps connectivity to the Internet. That’s around 30 times faster than the standard fibre broadband speed you get at home, giving our students  faster connections, greater user capacity and more coverage!

We are delighted that we were awarded this investment from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Programme, and hope that you will join us soon to benefit from the new opportunities this investment has allowed us to create.

To find out more about the courses and training available, please browse this brochure, or go to www.westlancs.ac.uk email: enquiries@westlancs.ac.uk call: 01695 52300.

 

About Lancashire’s Growth Deal programme

In the last three years the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has successfully secured £320m of Growth Deal investment from the Government's Local Growth Fund.

This funding, one of the largest Growth Deal settlements to be allocated to a LEP, is designed to help improve and upgrade existing commercial infrastructure, kickstart new economic initiatives, and unlock additional private investment to drive further growth across the county.

Over 40 projects have directly benefitted from the LEP’s Growth Deal Programme. These include:

  • New and improved transport connections including the Blackburn-Bolton Rail Corridor; the Broughton Bypass; the Centenary Way Viaduct; and the Hyndburn-Burnley-Pendle Growth Corridor;
  • World-class higher education, research and vocational skills provision and facilities including UCLan’s flagship Engineering and Innovation Centre; the national Energy HQ in Blackpool; Lancaster’s Health Innovation Campus; and Myerscough College’s Food & Farming Innovation Centre;
  • A wide-ranging package of regeneration programmes specifically for Blackpool including a new international conference centre at the Winter Gardens complex; the development of Blackpool town centre ‘Green Corridors’; traffic management, bridge and road improvements and an extension of Blackpool’s tram network.

The Growth Deal programme will help to generate up to 11,000 new jobs, create 3,900 new homes and attract £1.2 billion of additional public and private investment for Lancashire.

Lancashire’s Growth Deal programme is also fully aligned to other major economic initiatives such as the £450m Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, the £20m Growing Places Investment Fund, and the Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Enterprise Zone Cluster.

For more information visit www.lancashirelep.co.uk


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