Bassetlaw District Council hopes to learn this week if its funding bid to D2N2’s ‘Getting Building Fund’ has been successful, which could pave the way for the creation of a Skills and Education campus in Bassetlaw.
Earlier this month, the Council put their final business case forward to the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Board for a share of the £44.4 million fund that, subject to approval, would be used to create the Worksop Access to Skills Hub.
Bassetlaw Council began the process of purchasing Bridge Court, a prominent Town Centre building, in summer 2019, with the completion of the deal taking place in March 2020. Since the summer of 2019, the Council has been working with its partners, the RNN Group and the University of Derby, to turn a shared ambition into a reality.
Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said: “Once our bid gains approval from D2N2, it will kick-start a vision to improve the futures of local people, address skills shortages in our district, bring a long-term and prominent empty building back into use and improve the prospects of our town centre.
“We are very much looking forward to hearing of D2N2’s decision and, along with our partners, we hope to enable local people to gain skills in areas such as the health, digital and green technology sectors, to learn and train close to their homes and to make sure that our brightest talent stays in Bassetlaw.”
“A project like this isn’t created overnight. Officers and Councillors at Bassetlaw have been working extremely hard for the last year and a half to get things to this point. We’ve identified the skills shortages in our area, and are looking to the future. With the RNN Group and the University of Derby on board, it will enhance the further education provision at North Notts College and create the potential to work with local businesses who have specific training needs.
“This project is about delivering a step change for Bassetlaw, providing wider opportunities for local people and raising aspirations and ambitions. We have created and developed strong partnerships with skills and education providers and local partners, and we all have confidence that this will be a gateway for local people to gain excellent qualifications.”
Cllr Greaves was also keen to highlight the benefits that the funding could bring beyond the investment in skills and training. He added;
“The Worksop Access to Skills Hub has the potential to create around 50 jobs, but could also directly support the town centre by increasing the amount of people who visit and spend money on our high street and secure jobs in the hospitality and retail sectors – something that will be desperately needed following the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“Bridge Court has been an eyesore at the gateway to Worksop town centre for too long and when the opportunity arose, rather than waiting for the private sector to make a move, we took the initiative to purchase the building and have been working hard with our partners to create a facility that could improve our district for generations. We are very much looking forward to hearing of D2N2’s decision.”
Last Updated on Friday, February 5, 2021