Crawley College STEM
Reducing the 'skills gap' through a quality learning environment
Delivery Body: Chichester College
Coast to Capital LGF Allocation: £4.9m
Match Funding Contribution: £5.2m
Project Status: Delivering
Summary of Project
The condition of the estate at Crawley College is variable, and whilst there has been some investment it is clearly evident that the site is in desperate need of modernisation and upgrading. It was for this reason that Coast to Capital awarded Local Growth Funding to Chichester College for the creation of a new digital skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) building in Crawley, which will help address local skills shortages and needs and will work in close partnership with local businesses and stakeholders to directly address those needs.
The new building will create a state of the art learning environment to teach a wide range of STEM subjects. It will create a local hub to support the growth and development of the local economy which will also be a resource for the community and local schools to inspire people to access learning and careers within STEM. The project will help to upskill Crawley residents to access better quality job opportunities, create progression and new pathways for local residents into higher education, and overcome skills gaps in Crawley through co-design of innovative new training courses.
A key priority of this project is to drive up engagement between the College and businesses to focus on matching supply and demand working with the skills sector, learners and the local economy. Businesses will be engaged from the project inception to support the design of the facilities, procurement of equipment and design of the curriculum.
- 350 businesses supported
- 1,500sqm of floor space
- 400 new learners
- 140 new jobs/apprentices
View the minutes of the meeting where the desicion to approve this project was taken here.