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New teaching facilities as more people enter post-16 education

£83 million investment to create extra space so schools and colleges can continue to offer places to all young people.


Teaching facilities across England will be extended and transformed for 16-19 year olds as part of a new £83 million investment in post-16 providers.

Demand is expected to increase for post-16 places as more young people continue with education or enter skills training. This investment will mean schools and colleges can continue to offer places to all young people who want them, increasing access to a range of education options, including A levels, T Levels, apprenticeships or traineeships, and ensuring young people can gain the skills they need to progress into a well-paid job.

Thirty-nine post-16 providers have been awarded a share of the multi-million pound fund, which will be used to build new classrooms, science labs, and extend teaching facilities. This builds on the extensive action under way, as set out in the Skills for Jobs White Paper, to transform further and technical education and deliver the skilled workforce employers and the economy need, helping to level up skills and opportunities for more people across the country.

"Every young person should have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to reach their goals and go on to have successful careers.

"This investment will boost capacity so we can make sure there is a place for every 16 to 19-year-old, giving them access to the high-quality learning facilities they need to succeed."

Alex Burghart, Minister for Skills

The programme will also support the government’s drive to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with all successful providers required to show how their projects will contribute to the target.

Providers benefitting from the investment include Sixth Form Colleges, FE Colleges, 16-19 academies and free schools, and a University Technical College (UTC). The funding will help make sure they can build extra capacity to increase their admissions in 2022 or 2023.

Successful bids include East Kent College Group (Ashford College), which will use their funding to build a new extension, creating an ‘engineering hub’ and additional space for business and IT provision, growing capacity for around 250 new students. Wyke Sixth Form College in Hull will build a new two-storey extension which will provide seven additional classrooms, as well as increasing social and learning space for students. This will allow the college to increase its capacity by 350 people.

"Young people have higher aspirations than ever with growing numbers taking A levels, T Levels and other courses they’ll need for a successful career or further study. These capital funds will help a number of colleges increase the number of places on offer and are a really good investment by the country in its future."

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges

"The Post-16 Capacity Fund is an extremely welcome development and we are pleased that so many institutions will benefit from the first round of funding announced today. As the number of 16 to 19-year-olds participating in education continues to rise, it is vital that 16 to 19 providers have the capacity to accommodate the increase in student numbers. The post-16 capacity fund provides invaluable investment to institutions as they prepare for the demographic increase in 16 to 19-year-olds, and the projects announced today will benefit young people right across England."

James Kewin, Deputy Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association

The Post-16 Capacity Fund is part of a wider programme of significant, long-term investment in the buildings and facilities the country needs to deliver world class skills training.

The Chancellor recently announced that the government will invest £2.8 billion of capital funding by 2024/25 so that students have access to the facilities and equipment they need. This includes further funding to support post-16 providers to build additional capacity for the rising numbers of 16 to 19-year-olds.

The 39 providers who successfully bid for the capacity funding are:

Aston University Engineering Academy

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

Bedford College

Bilborough Sixth Form College (Better Futures MAT)

Brockenhurst College

Christ the King Sixth Form

Cirencester College

City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College (Potteries Educational Trust)

City of Wolverhampton College

Dixons Sixth Form Academy (Dixons Academies Trust)

Durham Sixth Form Centre

East Kent College Group

Hereford Sixth Form College (Heart of Mercia Academy Trust)

Hills Road Sixth Form College

Huddersfield New College

Inspire Education Group

Itchen Sixth Form College

John Leggott College

Joseph Chamberlain 6th Form College

Kirklees College

Long Road Sixth Form College

Luminate Education Group

Luton Sixth Form College

Milton Keynes College

New College Pontefract (New Collaborative Learning Trust)

Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Peter Symonds College

Portsmouth College

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Ron Dearing University Technical College

Runshaw College

Sandwell College

St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College

St Vincent College (Lighthouse Learning Trust)

Suffolk New College

TEC Partnership

The Henley College

Woking College

Wyke Sixth Form College


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