Bassetlaw District Council has been awarded £3.5million from D2N2’s Getting Building Fund (GBF) allocation to refurbish a long-term vacant building in Worksop into a state-of-the-art skills and education hub, creating 50 jobs and supporting 300 learners.
The Worksop Access to Skills Hub will offer opportunities across a range of subjects including health and social care; digital and digital transformation; green technologies and low carbon and construction.
The project will be delivered in partnership with the RNN Group (of Colleges) and the University of Derby, who will provide skills and training along with access to University-level education and for communities and businesses.
Planning permission has been granted for the site and the GBF investment will allow works to start on the renovation, with an expected completion date of March 2022.
The Worksop project is one of ten across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire which has received funding from D2N2’s £44 million share of the government’s £900 million Getting Building Fund.
The programme of investment is being used to improve digital infrastructure; support skills and career opportunities; and the transition to a low carbon economy, to drive economic growth following the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.