College campus unveiled

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

COLLEGE bosses in Weston are confident they can help reduce unemployment in the town after opening a third campus.

COLLEGE bosses in Weston are confident they can help reduce unemployment in the town after opening a third campus.

Weston College this week cut the ribbon at the first phase of a construction skills centre in Bushacre Business Park, in Locking Road.

The campus department, called The Hub, will offer training to young people looking to get into employment or modern apprenticeships.

Courses being provided at the former Clarks premises include carpentry, brickwork, art and catering.

Principal Dr Paul Phillips said: "Weston College is very proud to open the first phase of this new eight acre site.

"When complete this will become the training site for thousands of young people and adults across North Somerset."

Curriculum manager at The Hub, Alan Bryant, said: "This provides an exciting, safe and stimulating environment for 16 to 18 year-olds who require support and guidance at a very important time of their lives."

The Hub is the first phase of the long-term development for a business and skills centre.

The 'aircraft-hanger' style campus is designed to help bridge the town's skills gap and reduce unemployment.

North Somerset Council chief executive Graham Turner said the campus was key to the authority's long-term vision.

He said: "While the recession is currently cutting growth in employment, it is also reinforcing the need for focussing on skill and redoubling our efforts to help people move back into employment.

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