College Invests £3m In State-Of-The-Art Labs For ‘Future Of Science’ In Liverpool

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A NEW £3m state-of-the-art laboratory is set to open at The City of Liverpool College as part of a drive to improve science and technology skills across the city region. The laboratories at the Clarence Street campus have been funded with £3m from the £232m Growth Deal secured by Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). On Monday, as the Labour Party Conference continued at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner, spoke to female students at the refurbished Science and Learning Resource Centre (LRC) about choosing a STEM career. In 2014 the Liverpool City Region LEP secured a total of £232m of Local Growth Fund from Government. The funding will help to grow the economy and create new jobs in the Liverpool City Region and includes a ring-fenced £41m allocation for skills funding. Angela Rayner, MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, said: “This is a fantastic new development which will enable more young people, especially women, to study science, technology and maths and go on to both further and higher education. “This is a significant investment in our young people and our future and I am delighted to see that The City of Liverpool College is leading the way in helping Britain to make its way in the world, post-Brexit.” Students from The City of Liverpool College have received outstanding A-level results this year in STEM subjects, with 100% pass rates in subjects including Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Physics and Information Technology. Dr Katie Spall, Assistant Principal of City 6, said: “The College is investing £3m in creating a learning space and new laboratories because of the demand for STEM subjects in the Liverpool City Region. “Our students have gone on to complete scientific research in their degrees at some of the top universities in the country and are working for some of the biggest companies where the skills they learned at the college are put into practice. “The new facility will strengthen our teaching and enable us to deliver more for STEM students, who in the past have been really dedicated to their subjects and strive to do great things in their careers. “The college is making an important investment in the future of science, not just in Liverpool but all over the country and the rest of the world.” Councillor Ian Maher, portfolio lead for Employment and Skills for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “The funding from the Growth Deal will ensure the Liverpool City Region is better positioned to attract investment and ensure long-term growth and prosperity. “Skills is a clear priority for the Combined Authority and I’m delighted to see this investment in science and technology learning, particularly as skills in these areas are in demand from employers and will play a critical role in future economic growth.” Welcoming the announcement Asif Hamid, Interim Chair of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Growth Deal funding secured will help unlock the region’s potential as an economic powerhouse and this investment in new science facilities will help our young people acquire the right skills for the future.”