GC ‘will play an important part’ in developing future skills, says PM

15 January 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May praised the build of Gloucestershire College’s new Forest of Dean Campus during a recent Prime Minister’s Question Time (Wednesday 20 December), saying that GC will “play an important part” in developing the skills people need to get the highly skilled, well-paid jobs of the future by investing money into technical education.

The contemporary new campus is currently on track and on budget to be completed this summer, in time to welcome students in September 2018, with the building itself set to be watertight by the end of this month. 

During PMQ Mark Harper, MP for the Forest of Dean, said: “Gloucestershire College is building a brand new campus in my constituency made possible by millions of pounds of government support. Can I thank the Prime Minister for that investment; doesn’t it show this is a government committed to investing in the skills necessary to make this an economy and a country fit for the future.” 

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I’m very pleased to welcome the development that is taking place in his constituency and I’m also pleased to agree with him and I know he believes very strongly in this and the importance of skills and training for the future, and that is a good commitment of this government.

“It’s more important than ever that people in this country are developing the skills they need to get the highly skilled, well-paid jobs of the future. That’s what we’re doing with our money into technical education and the college in his constituency will play an important part in that.”

The new campus forms part of the Northern Quarter regeneration – a joint venture between the Forest of Dean District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) – with the new campus specifically being funded by the College, £2.6m from Growth Deal 3 secured by GFirst LEP and additional funding from the HCA.

The aim of the Northern Quarter redevelopment is to create a mixed use, sensitively designed, eco-friendly development, which supports the regeneration of the area through the provision of higher skill, higher wage jobs, via new opportunities for education; namely the new forest campus.

Following the launch of the architect’s flythrough, an interactive virtual reality tour is now available to view online and via VR headsets, to enable prospective students, parents and stakeholders to explore and experience the inside of the new campus for themselves.

View the tour at www.gloscol.ac.uk/forest-campus, where you can also sign up to the Forest of Dean Campus newsletter for the latest news and information.

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