Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has awarded Barking & Dagenham College £5 million to complete its technology centre, as part of a £25.7 million funding initiative to boost skills and training for Londoners.
The college's Centre for Advanced Technologies (CAT) project will refurbish the campus' aging D block, turning it into an advanced skills training centre delivering a curriculum based on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics that will benefit the local community.
The CAT is the final phase of a 15-year property renovation scheme that was launched in 2012; most of the projects have been completed in five years, including turning the frontage of the building into a public space housing a library, restaurant, cafe and shops.
College principal and CEO Yvonne Kelly said: “The new centre will provide flexible, energised technical learning spaces, integrating with and complementing the college's existing innovative learning environments which have proven to increase student numbers in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] training and develop advanced skills.
"Industry is changing and needs a workforce trained in new advanced, technological and innovative methods to meet industry’s future needs."
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