An 18-million pound fund to improve employability has been launched in the Liverpool City Region
The money is available to help improve facilities at colleges and local learning providers.
This is the third Liverpool City Region skills capital investment prospectus, with more than £30 million already invested in 40 schemes across the city region.
Of the £18m available, it is expected that £8m will be invested in new sites and premises, up to £2m in learning and skills equipment, and £3.5m in improvements to existing learning facilities.
The £18m funding comes from the Local Growth Fund. Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.
Colleges in the Liverpool City Region will also benefit from up to £3.5m of dedicated funding for maintenance of their campuses and up to £1m for investments in low carbon technologies. Low carbon investments will decrease colleges’ carbon footprint and reduce energy costs over time with savings re-invested for the benefit of learners.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Our skills capital investments into local colleges and providers have allowed them to improve their facilities. This investment gives them the right environment and tools to deliver the technical and vocational training our employers and learners in the city region need to compete in the 21st century economy. I look forward to supporting further skills capital investments that provide new learning and apprenticeship opportunities for local residents.”
Mayor Joe Anderson OBE, Liverpool City Region Portfolio Holder Education, Employment and Skills said: “Today’s launch of a further £18m of skills capital investment will deliver the learning facilities our learners and job seekers need to gain the technical skills our local employers are looking for, so they can compete for high quality jobs across the Liverpool City Region.”
Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry MP said:
“We’re committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse and building a Britain fit for our shared future.
I’m delighted to see a further £18m from the Local Growth Fund invested in skills capital projects in Liverpool City Region. This funding has already enabled significant improvements across the Region’s colleges, for everything from maintenance of the new buildings at Hugh Baird College to investments in low carbon technologies at Wirral Metropolitan College. Together we are truly equipping our young people for the opportunities the future has to offer.”