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Opening of new Learning Zone marks new phase at The Works

Opening of new Learning Zone marks new phase at The Works

The regeneration of The Works site in Ebbw Vale enters a new phase today with the opening of the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone.

The new £32.4 million facility provides state-of-the-art education facilities for Blaenau Gwent and the Heads of the Valleys, including a Further Education facility that replaces the old Ebbw Vale campus of Coleg Gwent and the sixth forms of the four schools in Blaenau Gwent.  It has been supported and funded by the Welsh Government.

The First Minister Carwyn Jones said:

"This new facility gives the people of Blaenau Gwent new opportunities to gain the qualifications and skills they need to equip themselves for the future. It’s not just for young people, although they will undoubtedly benefit from the new equipment and chances that this investment brings, but is also a resource for the wider community.

"The Welsh Government’s investment is tangible proof of our commitment to help everyone to reach their potential. We see education as being central to that, and to how we’ll meet the economic challenges of the future.

"We will invest over £1.4 billion in our 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme right across Wales over the next seven years to give learners in Wales the best facilities to support their learning, and on the reclaimed site of an old steelworks, people will learn new skills that will generate their future opportunities."

The Works in Ebbw Vale is a partnership between the Welsh Government and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, which is turning the former steelworks into a hub of learning, health, leisure and opportunity.

The First Minister added:

"I hope that the local community feel a sense of ownership of the Learning Zone and use this asset to its potential by taking up the full range of learning opportunities that it offers."