THE North Shropshire Conservative candidate for the next general election is urging colleges to bid for government money before a June deadline.

Dean Carroll, who is also a Shropshire councillor, is encouraging colleges and further education providers across the county to bid for extra investment by Tuesday, June 20 to boost local skills training.

Communities across the country are set to benefit from a share of £165 million to improve skills training in their area and help get more people into jobs closer to home.

He said: “Investing in education and skills will unlock future growth, boost productivity, and help build the skilled workforce of the future in north Shropshire.

“That is why I welcome the extra £165 million investment in skills training from the Conservative Government and encourage colleges and further education providers across north Shropshire to apply for their share to help get more people into jobs closer to home.

“This new funding will deliver the skills our local employers need, while levelling up skills training across the country and helping to grow our economy.”


The new funding from the Conservative Government’s Local Skills Improvement Fund will be used to renovate facilities with up-to-date equipment, help to upskill teachers, and deliver new courses in key subjects.

New courses that will receive extra funding include those providing training in green construction, carbon capture, and cyber security, and those that meet the needs of local employers.

Successful applicants will receive funding to invest in initiatives responding to the priorities in each area’s Local Skills Improvement Plan, created by employer bodies in every region to make sure post-16 technical training responds to local needs.

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He added: “The extra investment will provide a boost to local economies, as businesses will have access to the skills they need, delivering on the Prime Minister’s priority to grow the economy, as the Conservative Government works to deliver all five of its priorities: halve inflation, grow the economy, reduce debt, cut waiting lists and stop the boats.”