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2 Million FE bonus for The Bedford College Group

Shuttleworth College students using laptops and smiling.
The Bedford College Group is one of 188 across the UK to receive a share of £200 Million funding announced by Department of Education.

“We want to build a world class Further Education system which delivers for the whole nation, and a key part is ensuring colleges are fit for the future – with better facilities,”  said Gavin Williamson Education Secretary.

Earlier in the year Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the investment it was important to: “ …lay the foundations for a country where everyone has a chance to succeed, with our younger generations front and centre of this mission.”

Ian Pryce CBE with Bedford MP and Boris Johnson

Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and CEO of The Bedford College Group said:

“We applaud the government’s decision to invest £1.2 billion to improve further education college buildings, and to release £200 million of that straightaway.

“As one of the largest college groups in the country, The Bedford College Group will receive £2 million initially which will really help us upgrade some of our oldest buildings at our Bedford campus.

“This comes on top of the additional £2.9 million we will receive thanks to support from SEMLEP to allow us to develop a new offsite-construction centre at Bedford.

“It feels like government is acknowledging the importance of colleges in helping the country recover economically from the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to invest in technical skills.”

The £5 Million “building” bonuses will be available for projects starting in 2020.

Picture (above) shows Ian Pryce with Beds MP Richard Fuller and Boris Johnson on an earlier visit to Bedford.

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