Fareham College, rated Outstanding by Ofsted and winner of the TES FE College of the Year in 2018, has been awarded a substantial amount of funding from the Department for Education (DfE) T Level Capital programme which will enable the college to invest nearly £1m to further develop its world class facilities in 2020.
The Further Education and Higher Education college is amongst only eleven T Level providers in the country set to benefit from a share of a £8.65 million investment, helping to build new classrooms and refurbish buildings before the new technical qualifications are rolled out nationally in September 2020. Fareham College has been awarded £446,625 from the DfE which has been match funded, bringing the total to £893,250.
This is the first round of funding from the £38 million T Level Capital Fund, which is designed to ensure those opting to undertake T Levels are furnished with the knowledge and skill sets required to flourish in their chosen careers, whilst exceeding the needs of future employers.
Fareham College’s Principal and Chief Executive, Andrew Kaye, said: “Today’s announcement by the Government is testament to the commitment we have made towards making the implementation of T Levels at Fareham College exemplary.
“We are a major advocate of these new technical qualifications and this capital investment will ensure our students continue to learn in an excellent environment, utilising our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
“We are an innovative and entrepreneurial organisation and this investment will ensure our T Level students leave us feeling empowered to confidently make the best decisions for their futures and are fully armed with the skills they need to realise this. For our employers, our students will have the skills the workplace needs and demands to compete on a global playing field.”
From next September, Fareham College will be delivering T Level courses, which are intended as a technical alternative to A Levels, in two areas, Digital Production, Design and Development and Education and Childcare.
Fareham College has always been committed to offering its students modern working facilities with the very latest equipment and career-led curriculum. This is reinforced with the construction of its brand new £4.1m Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC), which will deliver over 1,600 groundwork and civil engineering apprenticeships in its first five years, opening in September.
Mr Kaye concluded: “The education sector is moving at such a fast pace and the implementation of T Levels could be one of the biggest changes to be seen in a generation. As a college we are delighted to be amongst the top elite in the country taking the lead with a qualification that is set to transform technical education.”