£10m business school is part of 'economic regeneration of Weston'

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 February 2014

New principal of the NSETC Tony Wilson (centre) with Weston College principal Dr Paul Phillips (left) and the board of the NSETC.

New principal of the NSETC Tony Wilson (centre) with Weston College principal Dr Paul Phillips (left) and the board of the NSETC.

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A MULTI-MILLION pound business school will be part of ‘the economic regeneration of Weston’ according to its new principal.

Weston College’s latest development, the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC), will open in Locking on land adjacent to the Helicopter Museum next year.

But due to the college’s tight schedule, students will be admitted to the new business school from September and will attend initial classes at the South West Skills Campus in Locking Road.

Principal of the NSETC Tony Wilson, who is a former assistant head teacher of the Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar, said: “I live in Axbridge and know the area pretty well and this is a great personal challenge for me.

“This school is part of a broader partnership - the economic regeneration of Weston. The timing of the NSETC is smack in line with that.”

The £10million school will welcome up to 700 students when it is completed and will have a strong business ethos, with science, maths, engineering and technology at the core of its curriculum.

First lessons will begin at 8.30am to replicate a working day, and will finish at 5pm. Students will also have to wear business dress, and a bursary will be put in place to help students finance this. All students will also receive a free tablet to help with their studies.

Mr Wilson said: “You do not get people coming into the town to generate opportunities and that is what this is about.

“Weston is a beautiful place but there is also so much potential in the town, and in North Somerset, in terms of communication links and creativity.

“I’m convinced that the NSETC, with Weston College as our major partner, can provide those opportunities.

“Some jobs people will be doing in the next 10-20 years have not been invented yet and we want to make sure transferable skills are on offer.”

There will be a chance to find out more about the business school during its open evening on February 25 from 5.30-7pm at the Hans Price Conference Centre in Lower Church Road, Weston.

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