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Government confirms £80m funding for five national colleges

Government confirms £80m funding for five national colleges

The government has confirmed nearly £80 million in funding to create five new national colleges by September 2017.

The first of the colleges, which will focus on high speed rail, nuclear, onshore oil and gas, digital skills and the creative industries, will open their doors this September.

They have been designed by employers with the aim of providing the UK with the skills needed to remain innovative and at the forefront of pioneering industries.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “This is the investment in high-tech skills that businesses are crying out for. 

“We have made it a priority to work with employers to deliver high-quality, technical education and clear routes to employment that deliver economic growth and create opportunities for our young people, and enable our existing workforce to upskill and retrain for the jobs of the future.”

The colleges are:

  • National College for High Speed Rail (hubs located in Birmingham and Doncaster)
  • National College for Nuclear (hubs located Somerset and Cumbria)
  • National College for Onshore Oil and Gas (hub located in Blackpool)
  • National College for Digital Skills (hub located in London; Tottenham Hale and Whitechapel)
  • National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries (hub located in Purfleet, Essex)

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