CLASSROOMS and workshops part of Warwickshire’s WCG college group will be transformed to deliver new technical qualifications.
The college group received £1.2million of Government funding to deliver new national qualifications – T Levels – which are part of the Government’s flagship reforms to technical education in England.
The courses combine theory and practical learning with industry placements of at least nine weeks to give students real experience of the workplace.
WCG is among the first college groups to introduce the technical qualifications beginning with its Digital Support Services T Level being delivered this term.
The college group will also be delivering T Levels in Engineering, Health & Science and Construction from the next academic year.
The funding will see existing buildings, workshops and classroom space refurbished at Rugby, Pershore and Leamington college sites.
It will ensure that students have access to modern, fit for purpose learning spaces to support their progression into skilled employment.
Rugby College will see a large open-space transformed into a specialist engineering teaching space with specialist facilities, Pershore College will convert a large open space into classrooms and laboratories for the Health & Science T Level, while Leamington College’s former ceramics building will undergo a major refurbishment to deliver the Construction T Level.
WCG group principal Peter Husband said: “This successful bid for capital funds to support our T Level provision in 2022 and beyond will ensure we provide a suitable and modern environment in which learning can take place.
“This funding is in addition to funding we have already received to invest in industry specialist equipment to support the delivery of our four T Level routes.
“We will be investing the funding across our Pershore, Leamington and Rugby sites.
“The work carried out at all three sites will allow us to cater for growth in student numbers while ensuring existing students have access to the best possible equipment and learning environment.
“T Levels are designed to generate a skilled workforce to support the future economy and we are working closely with businesses across the Midlands to generate high-quality industry placements as part of the course.”