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Craven College awarded £2.3m for new facilities at Skipton Auction Mart site

Craven College is to develop a new construction and engineering facility to teach T Levels, thanks to a £2.3m grant from the government.

The successful bid for the T Level Capital Fund Building and Facilities Improvement Grant (Wave 5) will focus on developing the former equine spaces and other units held within its Auction Mart campus in Skipton, with a completion date ready for September 2024 entry.

T Levels are two-year technical level courses, equivalent to three A Levels, that mix academic classroom learning with ‘on-the-job’ experience.

The college says its new development will continue its ongoing commitment to providing state-of-the-art agricultural engineering and construction learning environments, to ensure that local students "have dynamic and practical spaces to learn the skills employers in the rural community and businesses need for the future".

Craven College already has another building - Craven Equine - at the Craven Cattle Mart complex off Gargrave Road, which opened in September 2022. 

Interim Principal of Craven College, Anita Lall said: “We are thrilled to have secured this significant capital funding grant, which allows us to develop our Construction and Engineering T Level provision, as well as provide cutting-edge learning environments for our students in these key industries. The new facilities will ensure our students gain all the necessary skills and knowledge they need for successful employment and will continue the College’s contribution towards supporting our local and regional economy.”

Minister for Skills, Apprenticeship and Higher Education Robert Halfon said: “This boost of over £100 million is our latest investment in T Levels. These are robust, high-quality technical qualifications providing a unique ladder of opportunity for students to gain both classroom knowledge and on-the-job experience.

From robotics suites that support digital T Levels to simulated health wards where students can get a real sense of what it means to work in Healthcare Science, T Levels will support young people into rewarding careers and back businesses with the skills of the future.”

Craven College also benefitted from capital funding from Wave 3 of the T Level Capital Fund Building and Facilities Improvement Grant of just over £324,000, which was used for the development of new science and health laboratories in its Pen-Y-Ghent Building on the Aireville campus.

The college says it plans to deliver T Levels in Building Services Engineering and Childcare in 2023 and further T Levels in areas of Agricultural, Land Management & Production, Animal Care & Management, Craft & Design, Design, Surveying & Planning, Digital Production, Design & Development, Media, Broadcast & Production, and Health & Science will commence in September 2024.

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