Rural college secures NatWest capital funding

NatWest has provided a £2.9m loan towards a new agricultural mechanisation and engineering centre being built by Myerscough College in Lancashire.

The £4.4m centre, due to open in June 2012, will contain four teaching workshops, a machinery storage building, a welding workshop and diesel fuel workroom.

The construction of the new centre is part of a five-year £14m development currently taking place at the Lancashire campus. Other new facilities include a rural skills centre, a sports pitch, new changing rooms and dining facilities.

Myerscough specialises in education and training for land-based industries and sports. The college teaches more than 20 different subjects ranging from horticulture, animal care and equine studies to motorsports and golf. Around 6,000 students studied at Myerscough last year of whom 2,000 were full-time. Myerscough offers further education, degree, apprenticeship and vocational courses.

Sue Haslem, relationship director at NatWest, said: "The college already has an excellent reputation thanks to the quality of teaching it provides. The commitment to upgrade its facilities will ensure it that it continues to attract students from throughout the UK."

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