Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed the news that neighbouring constituency college, Fareham College, has been awarded funding from part of the £2.5 million Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF).
Fareham College and 16 other colleges were successful in their bids, becoming part of the total 80 colleges across England that have been successful in securing funding totalling £12.3 million since October 2017.
Colleges that have been granted funding have already reported positive benefits such as higher attendance, better teaching quality and learning. Fareham College will now partner up with a high performing college to share their knowledge through a highly collaborative approach.
“I am delighted that Fareham College has been successful in its bid. The funding has proven to make a real difference across England and I look forward to seeing what benefits it will bring to my constituents who attend the College and local college students.”
Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister said:
“I’m pleased to announce the colleges that have been successful in securing funding from the third and final round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund.
“The fund will have supported 80 colleges in total to drive up standards and help to make sure all students get the best education and training possible.
“We’ve seen some great success stories as a result of the programme. It’s excellent news that colleges are making progress. Many colleges are intending to continue working together beyond the programme’s end, which can only be for the good of students.”
Bill Watkin, Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association:
“The SCIF has been a welcome and important opportunity for colleges to work together to raise standards in the sector. I am sure that many of the relationships established through SCIF activities will be sustained for years to come and students will benefit well beyond the end of this programme. We hope that the government will soon be launching SCIF 2!”