9 September 2015

One of emfec’s members, West Nottinghamshire College, has received £2.6 million funding from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for its state-of-the-art Vision University Centre.

The three-storey £6.5 million centre, due to be completed by September 2016, is due to replace a single-storey building and provide an expanded facility with teaching and learning spaces, IT suites, study rooms, a learning resource centre, 100-seat lecture theatre and a science laboratory.

The college currently has around 500 students taking higher education (HE) courses and the centre is set to increase numbers by 600 after three years, including an additional 400 students in the first year. This will include students on advanced apprenticeships and those studying part-time professional qualifications and short courses.

D2N2 is a private, sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community organisations working across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. As part of its remit to promote economic growth and create jobs across the area, D2N2 is investing resources and funding in higher employment skills.

David Ralph, Chief Executive of D2N2, said: “Providing access to higher level skills for potential employees of the area’s businesses is vital for building the economy and job numbers, allowing all communities to share in prosperity.

“That is why we are investing significant time and resources in skills and training development, including through capital investment schemes which create leading facilities such as the Vision University Centre at West Nottinghamshire College.”

Dame Asha Khemka, Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College, added:

“This truly is wonderful news to hear that funding has been approved for our university centre.

“Not only will this transform the college and raise the already high standards of our university-level provision, but it is also set to boost our community and bring new opportunities to people who may have never considered studying at a higher level.

“By offering more courses at university-level to more people, it will bring much-needed skills and qualifications to Mansfield and Ashfield, enabling people to succeed in the ever-competitive jobs market. It will also help to fill the higher-level skills gap that this area currently has.

“This really is another monumental milestone in the college’s history and I’m proud to be a part of this.”

For more information about West Nottinghamshire College see its website here.

To learn more about what the D2N2 LEP is doing to develop skills and training click here.