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Colleges boosted by PS5m grant.

Colleges received almost PS5 million to improve facilities in Birmingham - as ministers pledged to crack down on institutions which are failing students.

Birmingham Metropolitan College, near Digbeth, has been awarded PS2.8 million in government funding to refurbish two buildings and create a new "eco-house" showcasing environmentally-friendly technologies.

The facilities will be used to train the next generation of product designers, software engineers and manufacturing engineers.

Bournville College of Further Education has been awarded PS2 million to help pay for a new two-storey construction training centre, which is used to train young people going into the construction industry.

The new premises will also free up space in existing buildings which will be used for training to provide students with skills for the automotive and creative digital industries.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock announced the funding, as he revealed the Government was ready to intervene on colleges judged providing a poor service. Bournville received a rating of "satisfactory" in its last full Ofsted inspection in January 2011, while Birmingham Metropolitan was rated "good" in March 2011.

The penalties will apply to the small number of colleges judged to be "inadequate", the lowest rating possible. These could include City of Wolverhampton College, judged to be inadequate in February 2012.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Apr 18, 2013
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