Mayor awards £254,100 to Meadowbank Digital Training Centre

Hounslow Council will benefit from a fund of £254,100 from the Mayors Capital Fund to support Meadowbank Digital Training Centre.

Published: Friday, 10th May 2019

Image of a student using a computer in the Meadowbank Digital Training Centre.

Twenty thousand Londoners are set to benefit from £57.6 million of improvements to training facilities and equipment thanks to investment from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Capital Fund supports the building and refurbishment of training facilities to support skills development, vocational training and adult learning across sectors including digital, health and social care, science and technology and construction.

The second round of the Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Capital Fund has committed the funding to 17 further education projects in 11 boroughs, a number of which will focus on construction and digital skills, as well as training those with special educational needs and disabilities. Investments range from £150,000 to £10 million.

This latest funding is expected to benefit almost 20,000 additional learners of all abilities and backgrounds, including nearly 5,000 new apprenticeships and 5,000 new work placements.

The funding includes £7.2 million for projects under the Mayor’s Construction Academy – an initiative which helps Londoners gain the skills needed to find work in the construction sector and forms part of Sadiq’s wider efforts to help tackle the capital’s housing crisis.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding to be able to create a much needed specialist centre for adults.

“This funding will be vital in transforming our facility further, which will offer so many more opportunities for our local community.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Ensuring Londoners have the skills and training to thrive in our dynamic economy is crucial for the future of our city. That’s why we’re investing £57 million in helping everyone make the most of London’s opportunities.

“This funding will create high-quality facilities and training programmes, working in partnership with businesses to establish a pipeline of talent for employers both now and in the future.

“City Hall are also committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive workforce across different industries. That’s why a number of the successful projects aim to increase employment for Londoners who may face barriers to entering the jobs market, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.”

Find out more about the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund.

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