Newbury College has been awarded almost £350,000 to develop new resources in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and a “high-spec solutions lab”.
The investment follows a successful bid to the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s local growth fund for £333,333.
East Berkshire College’s Windsor Campus was also awarded £906,666 in a simultaneous bid.
The solutions lab is designed to raise the quality and profile of STEM provision across the area and will create resources not already available to the college to train individuals who can then go on to stimulate the local economy.
Principal of Newbury College Dr Anne Murdoch said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this support from the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, via the growth deal, for our proposed solutions lab. This new facility will be a great addition for local employers who, along with Newbury College students, will use the lab to research and develop products for their own industries.
“The solutions lab will have very high-specification machinery which will help Newbury College research, design and manufacture components for a variety of local innovators.
“This facility is a great complement to Newbury College’s existing high-quality facilities which our students – who are the workforce of the future – can use to good effect.”
The chairman of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, Peter Read, said: “This is another intervention by the LEP, which spans two of the programmes in our strategic economic plan; those of skills and of enterprise. This investment of local growth funds comes hot on the heels of the first tranche of funding to be released for transport projects; nearly £29m across Thames Valley Berkshire, and a further injection of funding into our Business Growth Hub.”