Local colleges amongst 180 to share £200m government funding

Two colleges in the Lewes constituency are among 180 set to share £200m of government funding for estate improvements

Plumpton College and East Sussex College Group, which has campuses in both Lewes and Newhaven, are set to receive £409,751 and £1,817,583 each respectively, to make repairs to their campuses.

They are two of more than 180 colleges which will receive a share of £200 million to begin immediate work from this September to repair and refurbish buildings and campuses so they continue to be great places to learn for the local communities they serve.

The funding marks the latest step in the government’s drive to overhaul further education and deliver the skilled workforce employers and the economy need, and that will help level up skills and opportunities for more people across the country.

The cash boost forms part of a major £1.5bn investment that will transform colleges over the next 5 years. This initial investment is being fast-tracked so colleges can kick-start work this year and so students and staff will benefit a least a year earlier than originally planned.

Maria Caulfield MP said “This government funding will help to repair and refurbish the campuses of both Plumpton College and the various campuses that make up the East Sussex College Group. It is important that students have top quality and modern facilities to help them get the most out of their time at college. I’m sure that the colleges will be able to put it to good use and I can’t wait to see what improvements they are able to make.”