A £1.5million investment that will bring three youth support, skills and economy projects in Hampshire a step closer has been pledged by County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry.
At his Decision Day on 12 December 2014, Cllr Perry agreed funding to Andover College in Test Valley to help them deliver their ambitions – subject to them raising other funding they need.
Support totalling £1million – part grant and part loan – was committed by Councillor Perry towards a Technology and Skills Centre at Andover College to provide enhanced technical training facilities for young people. This is a one-off award that will provide Andover College with the essential match funding it needs by a particular deadline in order to draw down funding from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership that will enable the project to go ahead.
Councillor Perry said: “Successful partnerships like these enable us to maintain investment in Hampshire, especially of benefit to Hampshire’s young people, at a time when we are dealing with significant cuts in our budget, redesigning services and having to make taxpayers’ money go further. We acknowledge the important role of these schemes within their communities, backed by the huge commitment shown by the partners.
“Our capital funding support for Further Education accommodation in Test Valley will help tackle the number of youngsters not in work, education or training and improve skills relevant to the local area while supporting local economic activity.”