Funding has been announced for infrastructure projects designed to stimulate jobs and support economic recovery across the county.
The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), which covers Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire, has been allocated £27.3million of the pot – more than £15.1 million of which has been allocated to fund six projects in Bedfordshire.
Hilary Chipping, SEMLEP Chief Executive, said:
We are delighted to have secured more than £27m from government to support the economic recovery from COVID-19 in this area. These projects will support key priorities including skills for young people, the green recovery and innovation, which all generate jobs.
“Last July we published our Local Industrial Strategy, laying out the priorities and interventions we needed to invest in to realise innovation, further improve connectivity and achieve sustainable growth. These Getting Building Fund projects meet these priorities and the needs of the local economy as we strive to recover economically from this pandemic.”
All the projects are due to start in December and be completed by early 2022.
Bedford College’s facilities will be updated to enable it to start teaching Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), funding a new curriculum and the redevelopment of the existing construction teaching facility.
Ian Pryce CBE, CEO of The Bedford College Group, said: “The funding to refurbish our Construction centre at the Bedford College Cauldwell Street campus will support our provision of high-quality learning environments for students in the region.
“This refurbishment has been supported by the Getting Building Fund which is especially welcome in these times which are seeing a renewed focus on the construction industry. The refurbished centre will support construction training, making it possible for young people to move into skilled and professional careers via apprenticeships or gain promotion through further qualifications.”
Artificial Intelligence maths and English Learning Platform, Bedford, awarded £440,000:
This grant will fund a new learning platform which has been designed to improve the achievement rate of learners undertaking maths and English qualifications, improve the digital skills and improve teacher efficiency and wellbeing.
Ian Pryce added: “Our AI maths and English Learning software will secure our prime position as the college which promotes cutting edge technology education for the region.”
To see more about COVID-19 recovery in Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire click here.