Much of the money will be invested in building new further education facilities in Basildon and Thurrock town centres, including a new campus in Basildon Town Centre. This, of course, works very well with the regeneration plans for Basildon Town Centre.
In Basildon, the winning Consortium will be led by SEEVIC College, who will be developing centres of excellence in sport and recreation, health, social care and medical technologies; business administration and financial services and engineering. These are serious subjects for the 21st century, and represent a shift away from some of the 'softer' vocational, but relatively low-skill subjects on offer in the past.
Councillor Malcolm Buckley, Leader of Basildon Council, said:
We are committed to raising education standards in the District and we are delighted to welcome yet more investment into the area. Raising standards and aspirations of our young people is vital to the future of Basildon.
This investment will not only help to raise attainment levels and standards of education, it will also be a major catalyst in the £1billion regeneration of Basildon town centre, and see the creation of a world class college campus in the heart of the town.
Too right, Malcolm.