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North Kent projects to receive share of £85 million across the South East to support economic recovery and create over 9,000 new jobs

North Kent stands to benefit from a nearly £17 million share of the Government’s new Getting Building Fund.  Announced as part of £85 million allocated to projects across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s area, this includes funding for three projects in North Kent: Britton Farm Learning, Skills & Employment Hub; a new Performing & Production Digital Arts Facility at North Kent College; and Digitally Connecting Rural Kent & Medway.

The Britton Farm project in Gillingham town centre is a new learning and skills hub in a repurposed shopping mall, which will support adults to retrain, upskill, and access employment opportunities in the Medway area, improving the economic opportunities and outcomes for at least 3,100 people. This project will receive £1.99 million from the Getting Building Fund and create 780 jobs.

To improve the digital connectivity in rural areas of Kent and Medway, £2.29 million of funding will also go towards rolling out full fibre broadband to these areas, which will help both residents and businesses get access to high quality broadband connectivity.

The new Performing and Production Digital Arts Facility at North Kent College's Dartford campus will receive over £12.6 million towards the provision of outstanding, industry-leading training facilities for Performance and Production Arts.  This initiative will assist 400 new learners a year by 2025/26 as well as create 35 new jobs and will provide opportunities for students to secure successful careers in the performance and production arts industries, further strengthening the Thames Estuary Production Corridor.

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