£18 million Government funding for new college campus in Chippenham

Duncan Hames, Member of Parliament for Chippenham, today welcomed the Coalition Government’s decision to award £18 million to Wiltshire College for a new campus in Chippenham, to provide more vocational training and apprenticeships.

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Duncan had backed the College’s bid to the Government’s Skills Funding Agency, even enlisting David Cameron’s support for it at a recent Prime Minister’s Questions.

Commenting on the announcement, Duncan said:

“I am delighted that the Coalition Government has awarded Wiltshire College £18 million to rebuild its Chippenham campus.

“When I asked the Prime Minister for this money, he told me he had a college in his own constituency in a similar situation, so I hope he has had a similar success, securing investment for his college too.

“Chippenham missed out under the last Government, as I reminded the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, so it’s great to see the Coalition Government giving our young people the best chance to gain the workplace skills employers demand.

“This sort of long-term investment in the skills of the next generation is essential to build a stronger economy in a fairer society where everyone can get on in life.”

Duncan had met with the college Principal, Di Dale, and offered his full support to help them make these plans a reality. He has asked both the Further Education and Skills Minister and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to ensure the college received the investment it needs for the future, and in has written to the former in support of the College’s bid.