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Multi-million pound ‘one stop shop’ for apprentices opened at London South Bank University

A new ‘one stop shop’ for business training and apprenticeships has been opened at London South Bank University.

The Passmore Centre, which opened on November 28, aims to support “high quality” apprenticeships for local people and businesses.

The centre’s launch ceremony, hosted by LSBU, was attended by Southwark councillors including council leader Peter John and local employers.

The centre has received £5million funding from Southwark Council, an additional £12million combined funding support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and 4million from London South Bank University.

Cllr Kieron Williams, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Innovation at Southwark Council, said: “The five million we’ve put into the Centre is an investment in the people of our borough and a boost for our local economy too.

“It will deliver hundreds of new apprenticeship opportunities, providing our residents with more ways to find great jobs and creating the skilled workers local businesses need.”

The centre has been made by refurbishing the Victorian Passmore Edwards library and has the additional benefit of removing the library from the council’s list of endangered buildings.

Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of LSBU, said he was “delighted” to be able to be able to open the centre.

He said: “Our ambition is that by 2020, 2000 people will have completed apprenticeship and employer sponsored programmes at the Centre.

“This is part of LSBU’s strategy for supporting professional and technical learning in the local community.”

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