College secures £1.1m for refurb scheme

Thu 1 August 2013, 4:02 pm

Barking & Dagenham College has been awarded £1.1 million from the Government's new College Capital Investment Fund to improve the institution's facilities.

Skills minister, Matthew Hancock

The college said the cash would be added to its own fighting fund of £2.3 million to refurbish areas of the 20-plus acre campus.

Wijay Pitumpe, vice-principal with responsibility for corporate services at the college, said the extra funding would add further improvements to existing plans.

“We are already significantly investing in the amenities the college offers its students,” he said.

“This new government funding will help further boost these improvements, and will allow us to continue in our commitment to provide the best possible facilities and learning environment for the community we serve.”  

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said the funding would help improve teaching and learning locally.

In other news, the college is working with renowned beauty company Lauder Bureau – who provides staff for leading brands including Clinique, Avada, Bobbi Brown and Tom Ford – to offer work placements with the possibility of students gaining full time employment. 

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