£40m college investment in Ballymena

Prof Terri Scott and Bob McCann
Prof Terri Scott and Bob McCann

The Northern Regional College has announced planning approval for a new £40m college building.

Bob McCann, the newly appointed chair of the college governing body, said: “This is a significant milestone in the progress of the project and represents an investment of over £40 million in the Ballymena area by the Department for the Economy. The construction of the college will create job opportunities in Mid and East Antrim, bringing much needed investment to the area.”

Professor Terri Scott, Chief Executive and Principal of Northern Regional College stated: “The new campus will result in a world class learning environment, enabling the delivery of training, skills and transformational education.

“The college is liaising with the business and industry sectors to determine the skills needs which will drive economic growth and produce new jobs and opportunities for the people of the area.”

Department for the Economy Permanent Secretary, Noel Lavery said: “Further and higher education is a core part of our economic infrastructure, generating employment, output and earnings and I’m delighted that our investment in Ballymena will make a dynamic contribution to the growth of the area and the region and will be a welcome boost to the construction industry.”

It is anticipated that between 150 and 200 construction jobs will be sustained during the building phase and 1352 weeks of apprenticeship training will be delivered across the full spectrum of construction and management skills.

The Ballymena campus development forms part of a £84 million capital investment programme.