Amersham & Wycombe College has been successful in securing £5 million of Local Growth Fund capital.
The money will allow the College to refurbish the Amersham Centre and invest in new curriculum areas at Amersham and Flackwell Heath Centres during 2015/16.
The College funding is part of a £44.2 million package secured by Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) from the Government’s Local Growth Fund to support economic growth in the area.
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities announced the investment at Amersham & Wycombe College on Monday 7th July 2014 during a BTVLEP meeting hosted by the College.
An audience of around 40 visitors attended, including local businesses, council leaders and Lord Michael Grade CBE, non-executive Chairman of Pinewood Shepperton plc and former Chairman of the BBC and ITV.
Alex Pratt OBE and Chairman of the BTVLEP spoke about the contribution of Buckinghamshire to the regional and national economy including the importance of strategic local organisations such as Pinewood Studios, Silverstone, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and of the county’s expertise in creative industries
The Minister and visitors were able to see some of this creativity for themselves on a tour of the College’s media department. Equipped with the very latest motion capture technology from industry leader Centroid Motion Capture, the College facility is unrivalled in the region. There was an impressive demonstration of this developing 3D technology as well as the opportunity to talk to students and tutors.
‘I am delighted the College has been able to secure this level of investment and I am equally thrilled we were chosen to host such a prestigious visit‘ said Mark Sellis, Principal & Chief Executive of Amersham & Wycombe College. ‘The College will match the Growth Fund capital pound for pound from its own resources over the next two years to enable project totalling £10m to be completed‘ he concluded.