Huddersfield New College is delighted to reveal that we are one of 39 colleges and sixth forms set to receive a share of a new £83 million Post-16 Capacity Fund which will increase the availability of outstanding provision for young people. 

There has been a demographic spike in 16-19 year olds – the Sixth Form Colleges Association estimates that there will be an additional 260,000 16-19 year olds participating in education in the coming years. The Post-16 Capacity Fund was announced by the government in Rishi Sunak’s spending review to help address the need for more places, and HNC submitted a bid. As part of this, and the College’s Green Pledge, HNC will also be demonstrating how our project will contribute to the government’s drive to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

As an oversubscribed College, this funding will allow us to increase the number of students we enrol each year, ensuring that more young people in our community can benefit from the outstanding education and wider experience on offer.

In a joint statement Principal Angela Williams and Julie Thomas, Vice Principal who led the bid commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been successful in our Post-16 Capacity Fund bid. We are an outstanding Sixth Form College, located in Kirklees, a local authority where the number of 16 year olds needing an excellent sixth form education is rising, and will continue to rise for the foreseeable future. The Capital Fund monies will enable us to provide this excellent sixth form education to a further 240 of these 16 year olds, bringing our overall capacity to just under 3000. In unlocking the potential of nearly 3000 young people at Level 3, year on year, we will also be supporting the local economy, by enhancing the pool of confident, skilled and ambitious young people able to take up their place in this economy, helping to build local wealth through employment.

Skills minister Alex Burghart says: “Every young person should have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to reach their goals and go on to have successful careers.

“This investment will boost capacity so we can make sure there is a place for every 16 to 19-year-old, giving them access to the high-quality learning facilities they need to succeed.”

Over the coming months HNC will share more about our big plans for the future, and how these funds will be invested!


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