WORK on a new multi-million pound education centre is on track and due to open in September 2021, college bosses have said.

The college’s new Health, Innovation and STEM centre will provide courses in areas including healthcare, science and technology subjects.

It is intended that the centre will boost skills in Bury and Greater Manchester and the college has said it is “confident” that the courses will be in the “best interest of future learners and equip them with strong, relevant employability skills”.

The announcement comes following a visit last Friday from Northern Powerhouse minister, Jake Berry MP, who hailed the centre as an example of what the government hoped to achieve for the region.

Mr Berry was joined by Bury North MP James Daly and Bury South MP Christian Wakeford for the visit.

They were welcomed to the college by principal Charlie Deane.

He said: “Bury College is delighted to be part of the economic growth across Bury and Greater Manchester.

“We have invested £25 million in the last eight years and the brand new £6 million Health, Innovation and STEM Centre is due to open in September 2021.

“This opportunity has been driven by local growth funding and we have worked closely with the GMCA and Bury Council, as well as many valued employers, to enable us to deliver opportunities which will support future prosperity.

“This vital investment will give young people the opportunity to gain essential skills needed to secure employment within the health and care system.

“It will also support the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy which aims to ensure that individuals reach their potential and employers have the skills they need.”