A college’s plans for the future were unveiled during a visit by John Hayes, the minister of state for FE, skills and lifelong learning.

The Basildon Campus of South Essex College hosted Mr Hayes, along with local MPs, to listen to a briefing on the three new builds the college is planning to embark upon.

The projects see a new circa £30 million campus in Basildon in 2015, a £45 million campus in Thurrock in 2014, and a campus in Southend, where work has already started on a new £27 million state-of-the-art library and learning facility for 2013. He also met students studying various motor vehicle based qualifications, including apprentices in light vehicle maintenance and repair and IMI Level 2 motor vehicle maintenance and repair of light vehicles.

Acting principal John Hayles said: “The Minister was impressed about the progress we are making in raising aspirations and results across the region.

“He was also great advocate that positive buildings make for a great place for learning, which is very much our vision.”

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