Posted: April 8, 2021
North Lindsey College, part of DN Colleges Group will receive a multimillion-pound investment which will see its campus reimagined to deliver the skills of the future.
North Lindsey College is amongst 16 colleges nationally to receive capital support from the third wave of the national Further Education Capital Transformation Fund (FECTF). A total of £1.5 billion will be invested in transforming college estates across the country over the next 5 years.
This transformation fund will enable the college to realise its long-term campus masterplan which has already seen over £30m invested in an iconic Engineering Training Centre, a dedicated University Campus and most recently facilities to support the College’s September launch of Level 3 T Levels in Digital Technologies, Education and Health Care and Construction.
A significant capital investment from the transformation fund will be used to create inspirational and flexible learning and work environments, including industry-standard facilities at the popular Scunthorpe college that will support the skills needs of Northern Lincolnshire. Over the next few months, the College will be working alongside the Department for Education, employers, students, and staff to shape the facilities.
Sustainability is high on the College’s agenda and the transformation fund requires colleges to consider sustainability and carbon reduction in line with the government’s net zero emissions by 2050 target. Solar power and heat pumps and energy efficient buildings will be integral to the new facilities.
This cash injection provides an opportunity to reimagine learning in Northern Lincolnshire, ensuring that the 67-year-old College has the buildings and facilities to support students and employers to gain the skills they need to fill the jobs of the future.
“In order to access this investment and be considered for the pilot we had to demonstrate how our plans aligned with the government’s reforms and the needs of our community,” said Peter Doherty, Chief Operating Officer at DN Colleges Group. “We are thrilled to learn our long-term campus masterplan will be realised and are delighted to secure this investment, making us the only college in our region to benefit from this.”
“This investment in the College further demonstrates our commitment to transforming our local communities through learning,” adds Mick Lochran, CEO of DN Colleges Group. “Alongside the recent announcements on the Humber Freeport and the Able Marine Energy Park, this investment in skills has the potential to be transformational for Northern Lincolnshire. Providing local people with the skills to shape their future careers and underpin the economic regeneration of our community.”
It is anticipated that the investment will see work begin on the College campus in 2022, however careful planning will ensure that the current estate and facilities will continue to be in full operation until the new facility is complete, meaning that students will be able to continue their studies unaffected by the development.