Morley awarded grant through LEAP and Greater London Authority
We are excited to announce that we have been successful in being awarded two grants from the Mayor for London and the London Economic Action Programme (LEAP) through their Skills for Londoners Capital Fund.
The grants, £1.1 million from the Capital Investment Fund and a further £200,000 from the Small Projects and Equipment Fund, have been specifically awarded to contribute to a £3.5 million investment in modernising and enhancing our buildings and facilities. The entrances to the College and our Gallery will be transformed so that they are fully accessible, a lift will be installed in the art block giving access to all floors, new teaching and social spaces will be created along with a centralised student advice hub, and a specialised internet radio studio will be established to serve both the College and the local community. At the same time we will be able to pursue our digital inclusion plans by extending our specialist technology for programmes serving the creative industries, and ensuring the students we serve in community settings have access to the same excellent learning resources as those at the College.
Speaking about what the award of these grants will mean for the work of the College, Chair of Governors at Morley Peter Davies said: “We are thrilled that the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund will be supporting Morley’s plans for the future. Morley has for too long been seen as a ‘hidden gem’ within the educational sector and these developments will help ensure that what we provide serves the skills needs of an increasing number of Londoners ever more effectively.”
The Skills for Londoners Capital Fund programme is managed by the Greater London Authority and funded by the LEAP. Chaired by the Mayor on London, the LEAP made available £114m of funding for investment into estate and equipment for London's skills providers over the next four years. The aim of this fund is to:
- respond to current and future skills requirements of employers and learners, improve quality of provision and learner satisfaction, progression and success rates
- support increased levels of apprenticeship delivery and/or progression to the highest levels of vocational and technical study
- establish strong and innovative partnership with employers and local stakeholders.
This fund forms part of the £434 million funding allocation to LEAP from Government to invest into the Capital’s regeneration projects and help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.
Speaking about Morley’s development plans, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills Jules Pipe said: “The Mayor and I are committed to helping Londoners gain the skills that they and the capital’s businesses need. This investment will help provide a first-class environment in which learners can make the most of their talent.”