The Suffolk New College technology campus funding skills and further education to kickstart Levelling Up Ipswich.
Today I visited the Suffolk New College technology campus, which is one of 11 projects receiving a total of £25 million in funding from the government’s town regeneration fund.
Skills are an essential component of levelling up our region, and funding for state-of-the-art resources is designed to ensure local students have access to high quality technical routes – that’s why Suffolk New College is receiving almost £1 million of funding, to support provision of apprenticeships and technical further education.
As well as new equipment, funding is being dedicated to the Suffolk New College Ipswich site, which will house a net zero campus, a tribute to our prioritisation of sustainable development, opening in the new year and admitting students from September 2022. Hydrogen power will fuel learning at the Suffolk New College campus, with potential links to the first hydrogen powered freeport. Fostering the connection between further education and exciting technical opportunities, as will be created by Freeport East, is essential: I’m excited to see local people benefit from the host of skilled technical roles injected into the local economy.
This tech camp is the first of its kind locally, with a revolutionary digital focus which enables students to pursue relevant skills and higher education which links to exciting, technically skilled careers. It’s important that children have access to high quality technical education, and an awareness of such valuable routes, from a young age.
Suffolk New College is at the heart of creating pathways for local people – the involvement with Spirit Yachts to teach hands-on courses for 16-18 year olds and beyond provides scope to train the next generation of boat builders, who will be able to take full advantage of new job opportunities in the maritime industry. I’m proud to see the potential to increase upskilling for local people, which is an essential part of levelling up the entire community.