BARNSLEY College will receive a share of £12m to create a new Institute of Technology by refurbishing its Church Street building.

The college is a key player in a Department for Education scheme which has made funding available to reform technical training led by employers, hoped to close skills gaps in science, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM) fields.

Alongside the refurbishment of the Church Street site - dubbed University Campus Barnsley until 2019, after the college took it over from the University of Huddersfield six years prior - the funding will be targeted at bringing provision to under-represented groups.

Yiannis Koursis, principal and chief executive officer of Barnsley College, said: “This is a big moment for our institutions and our wider region.

“We know that if the skills gaps aren’t met then our economy and communities will suffer and be left behind.

“Securing the IoT funding and backing gives our region and our students a boost in technical skills, and will ensure that we can expand our already impressive work with businesses across the area to ensure the skills-need of the future is being met.”