Mayor announces further £65m investment in London’s colleges

18 March 2016

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today confirmed a £65 million injection in the capital’s colleges and further education facilities to ensure Londoners are best placed to compete for jobs in the city.

It follows a funding pot of £55m last year in a host of new campuses technology hubs and workshops – taking the total investment available for 22 colleges in London to £120m.

The £65m has been agreed for seven of those projects to be delivered over the next four years as part of the London Enterprise Panel’s Further Education Capital Investment Fund, launched by the Mayor following a successful bid for Growth Deal funding from Government in January last year. The majority of the fund has been allocated, with a small amount to be allocated for projects later in the year.

In this latest round of confirmed funding, a £22.5m grant has been approved for Lambeth College to create a new campus, training hotel, homes, new jobs and construction skills centre at the heart of the Vauxhall Nine Elms regeneration area.

The Ada National College of Digital Skills will also receive £18m to complete a move to Tottenham Hale in September this year. The project, which continues a major regeneration push led by the Mayor and Haringey Council, will create a new state of the art college building to support its students into highly skilled digital jobs with higher level apprenticeships. 

The funding programme is designed to upgrade and modernise London’s colleges and further education services to ensure they are fit for purpose and put students in pole position for the 860,000 new jobs to be delivered in the capital over the next 20 years.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “As a global city attracting the very best talent, it’s only right Londoners have world-class facilities to ensure they are prepared to compete for the thousands of new jobs being created in business, tech, media and construction. I am pleased to be able to support our colleges as they prepare the next generation who will further London’s position as the best big city in the world.”

Work on the Ada National Digital Skills Centre will now begin apace with in a temporary hub being created while the new state of the art building is being built, which is expected to open by September 2018.

Sir Rodney Aldridge OBE, Chair of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, said: “I am delighted to receive this funding which will allow us to develop the hub campus and build a state-of-the-art centre for our students, the community and London more broadly.
“This will help realise the College's mission of offering students a high-quality provision for post-16 education in computing-related subjects as well as ensuring they will be ready for the modern workplace and will start to address the digital skills gap for industry.
“The College will provide young people from the across the capital, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with new opportunities and an education that will help them realise their dreams of pursing successful digital careers.”

Cllr Joe Goldberg, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Sustainability, said: “The decision by Ada National College for Digital Skills choosing to open its new centre for digital skills in Tottenham is a massive boost for Haringey. With 147,000 high paid digital jobs unfilled every year the Ada National College for Digital Skills will give young people in Haringey the chance to learn high level digital skills including coding and secure well paid jobs. This will give opportunities to the next generation to fulfil their potential and ensure Haringey becomes the centre for digital skills in London.”

Richmond upon Thames College has received £30m of investment in two rounds of funding, which will transform its campus to develop local and national employer links and facilitate a real-life learning environment. The college’s plans also include a centre to assist the development of specialisms including new technologies for low carbon and electrical vehicle testing, medical sciences, advances engineering technologies and new construction skills.

Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and Chief Executive of Richmond upon Thames College, said: “Richmond upon Thames College is delighted to have secured this significant investment from the Mayor. Our approach to partnership working with key stakeholders, in particular the London Enterprise Panel, will deliver a truly exceptional learning and skills experience at the heart of Twickenham capable of building futures and maintaining London’s status as the global city for business, learning and life.”

Waltham Forest College is also set to receive £3.5m towards their project to create a series of construction workshops for students specialising in electrical and plumbing work.

Peter Doble, Director of Finance at Waltham Forest College, said: “The Waltham Forest College STEM Centre project creates an Engineering, Science & Technology Centre accommodating state-of-the-art industry standard workshops to provide training in engineering, automotive technologies, digital skills, applied science and manufacturing.

“City Hall funding has allowed the College to develop this project which will inspire our learners seeking entry into practical engineering careers. The facility will be employer-facing providing an innovation hub where local businesses can develop ideas and support local people into STEM-related apprenticeships, high level qualifications and employment.”

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Notes to editors

Round one – 13 projects – allocation of funds to date




FE capital grant

Westminster Kingsway College

This project will create 820m2 of construction and related workshops, covering specialist electrical and plumbing plus more generic construction skills.



Barnet and Southgate College

This project will secure a new 6,403 m2 Colindale Skills Centre accommodating state of the art industry simulated environments for new construction technologies, hairdressing academy, a learning resource centre, together with the modernisation for niche skills in medical science at Southgate.

Medical science, construction and hairdressing


West Thames College

Improvements to Feltham Skills Centre and the construction of a new two-storey workshop building. There will be 1048m2 of construction works and 1700m2 of existing accommodation improvements.

Logistics, construction apprenticeships


City of Westminster College

The college’s Maida Vale Campus, a Victorian building comprising just over 4,000 m2 of floor space, is to be comprehensively refurbished to reopen as the main satellite site, providing high quality accommodation and facilities for teaching and learning.

Pre-employment training and apprenticeships


Uxbridge College

Funding will support the next phase of the college’s development of its STEM specialism and promote further growth of apprenticeships.

Digital skills


Bromley College

The proposed development is an internal refurbishment to expand the capacity of the college by providing additional teaching kitchens; additional training food retail outlets and ancillary accommodation.

Hospitality, food and enterprise


College of North West London (Brent)

Plans include demolishing the 1970s Edison building and replacing it with a new 5,240m2 five floor multipurpose educational facility, which includes a dedicated reception space, employment zones including bistro and wellbeing centre, digital media suite, flexible learning space and a computer engineering suite.

Digital and culinary skills


South Thames College

Creation of a new Wandsworth construction skills training facility to address local skills requirement, as well as flexible training facilities including a concrete testing lab, electrical installation and pipework facilities.



Richmond upon Thames

Project includes a new campus for education, skills and enterprise co-locating a completely new further education facility alongside a new free school, a special needs school and a ‘technology hub’ operated by a global media company.

Digital media, IT, retail, finance, hospitality, creative, health and wellbeing


Harrow College (health)

Opening in September 2017, the new building will be a regional centre for healthcare training and education at Harrow Weald Campus. It will provide innovative senior care support training as well as specialist care training in areas including dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and limited mobility care. 

Community care and health


Harrow College (digital)

Two new digital communications workshops for both start-ups and organisations already established in the sector.

Digital communications


Fashion Retail Academy

The project will modernise all current classroom space, implement online learning, create new classroom space and hubs and improve IT infrastructure.

Digital and fashion retail


National College of Digital Skills (funding through stages one and two)

The project will refurbish1,592m2 of an existing building in Tottenham Hale which will be the temporary campus hub and secure the building and equipment for the 6000m2 state of the art new National College campus also in Tottenham Hale.

Digital skills and higher level apprenticeships



Round two – seven projects – allocation of funds to date





FE capital grant

Waltham Forest College

The project will create 820m2 of construction and related workshops, covering specialist electrical and plumbing plus more generic construction skills.



Richmond upon Thames College

Funding will help deliver a new industry-led STEM centre to complete the second phase development of a campus for further education, skills and enterprise. The centre will assist the development of specialisms including new technologies for low carbon and electrical vehicle testing, applied medical sciences, advanced engineering technologies and new construction skills.



Hackney Community College

This project will see the creation of Hackney Open Tech Institute comprising of a digital skills education centre, an ed tech managed workspace, incubation and innovation centre and a digital apprentice training facility.

STEM, digital apprentice training facility


Ealing Hammersmith and West London College

A hospitality and catering hub is to be built, providing jobs, training, education, apprenticeships and business support, based at Southall Manor House.

Hospitality and catering


Lambeth College

This scheme will regenerate the college’s Vauxhall campus, focusing on major industry skills shortages, growth projections, and employer demand. This major regeneration scheme will offer learners routes to sustainable employment and higher-level progression opportunities.

Construction, STEM, English and maths


Havering College

Funding will help create a Construction & Infrastructure Skills & Innovation Centre at the site in Rainham, as well as 2,762m2 of essential additional learning space for professional and trade skills in infrastructure (rail) and construction engineering. The project will also see the refurbishment of the college’s existing construction centre and the installation of a Virtual Reality, simulated learning environment, unique in construction FE in the UK.

Infrastructure and construction engineering


Big Creative Education (Walthamstow)

This project will offer training to support the development of a creative hub including
training, enterprise units and a state of the art theatre for education and community use.

Creative hub, training and enterprise units




- The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) is the local enterprise partnership for London. Chaired by the Mayor, the LEP is the body through which the Mayoralty works with London's boroughs, business and Transport for London to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London. The LEP is responsible for overseeing the allocation of over £400m of funding to drive jobs and growth in the capital and provides strategic oversight of London’s €1.5 billion European Structural & Investment Funds programme.

- The Mayor also supports a number of initiatives aimed at raising standards in teaching and attainment in primary and secondary schools. This includes securing sites for 16 new schools, establishing the £24 million London Schools Excellence Fund, which has stimulated new partnerships and helped improve teachers' subject knowledge and expertise; setting up a schools unit to help groups wanting to set up free schools; the Gold Club scheme, which has celebrated over 240 exceptional schools in London with pupils from all backgrounds achieving academic success; and creating the London School Atlas, an interactive online map providing a uniquely detailed and comprehensive picture of London schools, current patterns of attendance and potential future demand for school places. Other programmes include the Mayor's Mentoring Programme which provided mentors for 1,000 black boys (10-16yrs old) at risk of exclusion and low school achievement, who were liable to fall out of education, employment or training and were potentially at risk of offending. For more information, visit