£16 million in skills education across Liverpool

Steve Rotheram has announced an investment of more than £16 million in skills education at colleges, local authorities and learning providers across the Liverpool City Region.

The city’s Metro Mayor said that the funding will build on the £30 million already invested in buildings, facilities and equipment for skills training in the city region. Of the new funding, £12.6 million allocated to 28 projects across the city region, building on £3.5 million agreed by the Combined Authority in April for maintenance at the city region’s further education colleges.

This Skills Capital Funding comes from the Local Growth Fund, with successful applicants for funding including £2 million to Riverside College for building projects that will help provide a highly skilled future workforce for the Health and Social Care sector and £1.98 million for Southport College to provide additional provision for construction industry specific skills.

Rotheram said: “Over the last two and a half years we have invested nearly £50 million to ensure that our local colleges and training providers are able to provide first class skills education to people right across the Liverpool City Region. Our investment will make sure that our young people will enter the world of work having had the best possible technical and vocational training. I want our workforce to be leaders in the industries of tomorrow – and that all starts with world class training.”

Mayor Joe Anderson OBE, Liverpool City Region Portfolio Holder Education, Employment and Skills, said: “This is the latest stage in our ongoing investment in the people of the City Region, and the learning facilities they need to gain the right skills to work in our new modern economy. Our local employers are looking for better and more skilled staff so they can compete for more, better high value contracts across the world, from their base in the Liverpool City Region, and we are determined to give local people access to the opportunities that presents.”