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Loughborough College to get million pound boost to create digital skills hub

Cllr Jonathan Morgan and Dr Nik Kotecha, co-chairs of Loughborough Town Deal Board, and Jo Maher, Principal and CEO of Loughborough College (Image credit: Charnwood Borough Council)

"The funding means we can create more cutting-edge facilities on campus."

A hub to help local people better their digital skills has received a £2.6 million boost from Loughborough Town Deal.

The Town Deal has confirmed the funding to create the Digital Skills Hub at Loughborough College which will also work with employers to create work placement opportunities.

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, said: "I am delighted that we can now confirm Town Deal funding for the Digital Skills Hub at Loughborough College.

“We are living and working in an ever-increasing digital world and therefore the demand for a facility like this has never been higher. The skills hub will help not only people but also local businesses as we continue to emerge from the impact of the pandemic and build a stronger local economy.”

The Town Deal grant will support the construction of the new Digital Skills Hub building on the College campus next to a new T Level Centre off Epinal Way.

The Digital Skills Hub will aim to support the delivery of T Levels, apprenticeships, industry placements and higher technical qualifications.

Jo Maher, Principal and CEO of Loughborough College, said: “This is fantastic news and we’re extremely grateful to the Town Deal for investing in our digital vision.

“The funding means we can create more cutting-edge facilities on campus which enhance the digital capability of learners and our community so that we can better meet the needs of local and regional employers.

“In addition, the Skills Hub perfectly complements our new T-Level Centre and proposed Institute of Technology on campus, helping us create a state-of-the-art learning environment in the heart of the community.”

Loughborough Town Deal is also backing projects to boost skills, improve the town centre, reduce flooding, regenerate the riverside, develop a creative hub and support two key attractions – Great Central Railway and the bell foundry.

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