South Yorkshire college projects backed

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TWO South Yorkshire colleges have been given the green light for building projects costing £6 million – after securing Government cash.

Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and Barnsley College are being given grants of more than £1.8 million from a national pot of almost £86 million.

The rest of the cash needed will come from the colleges themselves.

Barnsley is to create a new 
£3.6 million centre dedicated to teaching science, technology and engineering, through a refurbishment of existing engineering facilities.

At RCAT, more than £2.4 million will be spent on two initiatives – setting up a new Engineering Centre of Excellence in the existing engineering block and extending and refurbish facilities used by the college’s hospitality courses.

There will be upgrades to the training restaurant and also to the three production and training kitchens, while a similar centre at the Rother Valley campus will be mothballed.