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New educational campus to increase jobs in life sciences

Plans to construct a brand new £45 million educational campus in Craigavon, Northern Ireland have been given the green light.

Part of a £95 million funding package, the Southern Regional College (SRC) will be built to bridge the gap between two existing campuses in Armagh and Banbridge as part of the Department for the Economy’s overall investment.

Its creation is anticipated to support hundreds of new jobs as part of the construction process, and later pave the way for at least 350 apprenticeships in the local area every year. In particular, the life sciences and engineering industries are expected to benefit from the new campus and consequential job creation.

Chief executive of Southern Regional College, Brian Doran, commented on the situation, saying: “Delivering jobs, investment and opportunities, SRC is committed to delivering a world-class centre for education, training, research, partnership and innovation and our plans for Craigavon fully reflect this.

“Securing planning approval for this flagship project is fantastic news and we are extremely grateful to the many local people and organisations who came forward to provide us with their views and support during the consultation process. Their contribution was invaluable.”

The new campus will be located near the Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.

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