New centre for learning

A sketch artist's impression of the new buildings at Myerscough College and (below) Ann Turner.

A sketch artist's impression of the new buildings at Myerscough College and (below) Ann Turner.

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MILLIONS of pounds is to be invested in state-of-the-art facilities to improve employment chances for Fylde coast students.

Myerscough College has been awarded £2.4m in a Government grant to develop facilities for learners at its Wyre campus.

Ann Turner

Ann Turner

It is now set to add to the facilities on St Michael’s Road, Bilsborrow, creating a new building to house two learning centres.

People already in employment, people with disabilities or learning difficulties and those not in education, employment or training (NEETs) will be able to develop their skills in different parts of the multi-million pound centre.

The NEET centre will house a range of facilities to equip learners with the skills they need to move forward, while the Foundation Learning Centre will help people who have left school without qualifications or who have additional needs.

Jennifer Eastham, deputy principal for finance and funding at the college, said: “This investment is fantastic news.

“We will be able to engage with a lot of people who need skills, whether they are NEETs, have additional needs or are in employment and wanting to upskill or gain additional qualifications.”

The College is set to work with careers services and employers to welcome hundreds of students.

Myerscough College is one of five colleges in the North West to share a £24.2m grant for projects.

The college said it was delighted its bid for funding was approved by the Government and now plans to complete building works in 18 months time to open facilities September 2014.

Ann Turner, chief executive and principal at Myerscough College, said: “I’m so pleased we have been successful in securing funding from the Government to help contribute towards the construction of a brand new, purpose built skills centre dedicated to providing training.

“The new centre will provide a range of options for students, including short course education qualifications, pre-apprenticeship training and specialist training.”

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