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The College of West Anglia (CWA) has announced £2m partnership funding with Anglian Water for a new Green Skills Academy at their Wisbech campus. The project had already received a £2m grant from the Cambridgehsire & Peterborough Combined Authority's Recycled Growth Fund, as well as £200k from CWA. The investment by Anglian Water, and their 15 @One Alliance Partners, represents the next stage in their relationship with the college.

The £4 million training centre will provide a vital hub for local people keen to pursue a career helping the environment. It will be based at a new, sustainable building, powered by solar panels and with rainwater harvesting technology installed to reduce water use. The Academy is set to open in September 2025.

Jason Tucker, Director of Strategic Delivery & Commercial Assurance for Anglian Water, said, "This new training school will help provide a pathway for local people, especially those at the start of their career, to get involved in really important work that will benefit our region’s environment for years to come. It’s not only great to be able to provide high-quality employment opportunities in an area where there are so few – but it’s also crucial that we invest in these skills now, so that we can deliver the much-needed environmental improvements that will build our region’s resilience to climate change.”

David Pomfret, Principal of the College of West Anglia, said, “I am delighted we have now secured external funding to progress this important project. Skills are vital to the socio-economic prosperity of the area and this centre will enable us to meet local green skills needs whilst providing great career opportunities for local people. We are grateful to the Combined Authority for having the vision to fund this exciting facility and excited to build on our strategic partnership with Anglian Water and its Alliances, through their transformational investment.

This development further signals our strategic intent to deliver green skills for the future and complements the £800k centre currently being built on our King's Lynn campus. It will also utilise some of the specialist equipment purchased through the Local Skills Improvement Fund.”

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