Peter Aldous calls for funding for college refurbishment project

Peter Aldous calls for funding for Lowestoft College’s refurbishment project which would enable it to build on its excellent work in providing people with the skills needed in the energy sector.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): The Under-Secretary of State for Skills, my hon. Friend the Member for West Suffolk (Matthew Hancock), is due to visit Lowestoft college in the new year. I would be grateful if he could confirm that the additional funding for capital investment in further education colleges, further details of which he announced this morning, is available for refurbishment projects such as the one that the college has worked up and which will enable it to build on its excellent work in providing people with the skills needed in the energy sector?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills (Matthew Hancock): Yes, I am looking forward to visiting Lowestoft college on 8 March. It narrowly missed out on a bid in the last round of funding, but, as we have discussed, more funding is available. I want the new funding to be targeted at colleges that have estate in either a poor or inoperable condition. One third of the college estate is in such a condition, having been left in that state by the completely shambolic FE policy of the Government that left office—thankfully—in 2010.

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