€1.5 million investment in Bray Institute of Further Education

Wicklow Fine Gael TD and Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has today confirmed that Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE) has been green lit with a €1.5 million investment for a brand new c1250mmodular facilities that will replace the existing temporary accommodation.

Speaking today Minister Harris said: “This is fantastic news and a much needed investment in our college in Bray. I have been working closely with BIFE and with my Department to get this project and investment over the line so I am delighted to be able to announce this €1.5 million investment today.

“The new modular unit will be truly transformative and will be of huge benefit to thousands of young people in Wicklow looking to study close to home.

Back in October, as Minister for Further and Higher Education I received an application to replace the old temporary facilities in BIFE with newer and more fit for purpose ones.

“BIFE plays and will continue to play a huge part in provide the people of Wicklow and the East Coast with opportunities for young people to complete third level degrees.

“I look forward to seeing this project built in the coming months and will continue to follow this closely by engaging with BIFE and my agencies.

“This is an important investment in Bray and helps to develop a modern Further Education training college.

“I look forward to working closely with BIFE as we develop the proposal to develop a Wicklow College of the Future, a significant upgrade of the BIFE campus, which will allow for a major expansion of apprenticeship courses.”

The College of the Future Major Projects Fund will support the implementation of the vision set out in the Further Education Strategy. This Fund, and the proposed for development in County Wicklow has the potential to deliver on a range of strategic objectives.

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