Funding award to help create new training facility

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Port chiefs are celebrating a major cash investment to help create a new training centre.

The Port of Blyth is one of six coastal areas to receive money from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

The fund is supporting projects to create jobs and apprenticeships while also developing more training places.

Officials at the Port will receive £500,000 towards a modern vocational centre for engineering and offshore training, as well as training in water sports for visitors and local community organisations. The funding and centre will help create seven new jobs in the process.

Port of Blyth chief executive Martin Lawlor said: “The Port of Blyth is very pleased to have been awarded this grant.

“The money will help to develop stage 2 of the Blyth Education And Community Hub (BEACH) which will provide a new training centre for employment and skills training for offshore energy related jobs and water sports around the estuary.

“The Port with our partners are keen to invest in the regeneration of the waterfront and this is another big step adding to newly restored Blyth Boathouse heritage centre.”

Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “I created the Coastal Communities Fund because, as someone who grew up on a small island, I know how much difference targeted investment can make to people’s lives.

“It’s already supported scores of coastal communities from the Highlands of Scotland to the south coast of England.

“Overall, hundreds of communities across the UK will benefit, creating jobs and making sure that some of our most remote and fragile communities share in the economic recovery.”

Coastal communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Backing our coastal towns so they can rise up and drive forward their local economies is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure a brighter future for Britain.

“This money will help create jobs, boost skills and open up new business opportunities, benefitting hardworking people in coastal communities across the country.

“These fantastic projects demonstrate the creativity, enterprise and passion needed to help seaside towns become year round destinations that people are proud to live and work in.”

More than £90m has been allocation by the Coastal Communities Fund to projects around England’s coast.

The Fund was created in 2012 to invest in seaside towns to help them achieve their economic potential, reduce unemployment and create new opportunities for young people in their local area.