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Petroc secures £1.146m funding for T Level Animal Care Centre

Petroc is thrilled to announce that it has been successful in securing the Wave 5 T Level Animal Care Centre bid for an impressive £1.146 million, fully funded by the Department for Education (DFE).

This significant achievement will allow Petroc to establish a state-of-the-art Animal Care Centre, catering to the needs of its growing number of students and providing a springboard for their future success. The focus for new centre will have sustainable value and efficiency in line with BREEAM excellent which generates a sustainable environment that will enhance the wellbeing of the people who live and work in them.

The decision to pursue the Wave 5 funding was driven by Petroc’s commitment to offer its animal care students a modern, purpose-built learning facility that meets the highest standards for the delivery of world-class T Level qualifications. This investment will also enable the College to furnish the centre with industry-standard specialist equipment, fostering an environment that promotes the transition into skilled employment within the animal care sector of North Devon and beyond.

Petroc’s Animal Care provision has been experiencing remarkable growth, with enrolments rising consistently each year. With the new Animal Care Centre, the College can further develop and accommodate its expanding student body, providing them with cutting-edge facilities and an immersive educational experience.

This milestone is not only significant for Petroc but also for the wider community of North Devon. Collaborating closely with employer partners, the College is dedicated to equipping all its T Level students, including those pursuing animal care, with the skills required to meet the demands of the local economy. The innovative learning environment offered by the new Animal Care Centre is a vital component in achieving this goal and enhances the facilities that Petroc extends to the community. By granting young people access to a 21st Century education experience, the College aims to empower them for a bright and prosperous future, made possible by the appropriate facilities and ample space provided by this funding.

“This funding for Petroc signifies a tremendous opportunity for North Devon and beyond,” said Rachael Booth, Interim Director of Academic Studies. “Young people aspiring to work in the animal care sector will now have access to a cutting-edge learning environment and a ground-breaking qualification. This will enable them to build the necessary skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the North Devon community and beyond.”

Petroc expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the Department for Education for their invaluable support in making this vision a reality. With the Wave 5 T Level Animal Care Centre, Petroc is well-positioned to continue leading the way in providing exceptional education and fostering a future-ready workforce for the region.

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14 August 2023


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