Harrow College has been given mayoral funding to helped run digital skills programmes as well as to train people with disabilities and special educational needs.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given a total £17.6 million pounds – as part of his Londoners Capital Fund – which will go towards 17 further-education projects across 11 boroughs.

Pat Carvalho, the head of Harrow College, which will receive part of the money welcomed the funding.

He said: “Crucial funding from the Mayor has helped us modernise our facilities and provide industry-standard training at our Harrow Weald campus – our new Health and Social Care building and our refurbished Learning Centre will support provision for our learners with high support needs.

“This latest funding for our Harrow-on-the-Hill campus will be vital in transforming our learner services, digital, media and English as a second language provision.”

This is the second round of funding under the initiative – with £25 million previously given to the project.

This funding is expected to benefit almost 20,000 people including supporting nearly 5,000 new apprenticeships and 5,000 new work placements.

The funding also includes £7.2 million for projects under the Mayor’s Construction Academy – an initiative which helps Londoners gain the skills needed to find work in the construction sector.

Mr Khan said: “This funding will create high-quality facilities and training programmes, working in partnership with businesses to establish a pipeline of talent for employers both now and in the future.

“City Hall are also committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive workforce across different industries.

“That’s why a number of the successful projects aim to increase employment for Londoners who may face barriers to entering the jobs market, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.”