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Vision On
Thursday 5th December 2013 @ 09:00 by Mark Phillip
Business Community

VisionTameside - Phase 1

VisionTameside’ is ‘Vision On’ this week after the futuristic multi-million pound plans to expand Tameside College in Ashton secured vital Government-backed funding.

The initial £10m Phase 1 – being paid for largely from the college’s own reserves, will now benefit from a capital injection from the Skills Funding Agency and means the building of advanced learning and technolgies centres can begin.

The aim is for the new centres to be open for September 2015.

The college had applied for the grant funding from the Further Education (FE) college capital investment programme.

The wraps came off the ambitious project in October  – with the successful grant application meaning the vision will now become reality.

Peter Ryder, Tameside College Principal was delighted stating: “This is exciting news for the young people of Tameside and takes the VisionTameside project forward to the next stage with absolute confidence.

“With the backing of the Skills Funding Agency and its additional investment, we know that our commitment to 16+ education in Tameside is recognised and is fully supported at a national level.

“By developing state-of-the-art facilities, it will help thousands of Tameside students fulfil their potential in an aspirational environment.”

The new Advanced Learning Centre will be built in the heart of Ashton Town Centre and the technology centre at the college’s Beaufort Road site.

On tonight’s Reporter Show aired on Tameside Radio at 8pm you can tune in to find out more about the vision when we talk exclusively to Tameside College Principal Peter Ryder, Vice Principal Anne Prior and Tameside Council Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn about the project.