£1.7 million boost for disabled teens learning in Lincolnshire
£1.7 million pounds has been earmarked to help students with learning difficulties and disabilities in Lincolnshire.
Post 16 education in the county will receive a huge boost in funding.
Lincoln College has landed almost £262,000 worth of grants.
The College has also been given a further £255,200 as part of the Growing Futures community group project.
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Grantham College has been granted over £934,000 to help support its students.
The money will help set up facilities for disabled students or those with learning difficulties, to help them continue studying after mainstream school.
The funding was announced today by Lincolnshire County Council.
Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children's services, said: "Some of these young people have very complex medical and personal care needs.
“We are delighted that our partnership work with these colleges has been successful and they can look forward to some substantial funding to improve and extend services and facilities for this vulnerable group."
She added: “It will ensure specialist teaching and environments for learning, and vocational and enterprise facilities to help students progress into work."
Ian Sackree, vice principal and deputy CEO of Lincoln College, said the funding will help students overcome learning difficulties and disabilities.
"Increasingly, FE colleges are more widely considered the best place for this group of learners to develop the skills necessary to improve their own level of independence, and to find work opportunities," he said.
"This critical funding will help us develop the infrastructure necessary to ensure that the higher needs of these learners are fully met."
New College in Stamford has also been granted over £263,500 of funding.
The money should help teenagers with either disabilities or learning difficulties to study closer to home.