College unveils new campus

A REGIONAL centre of excellence for engineering training has been officially handed over to Weston College.

The Engineering Centre at Loxton Road’s Skills Campus has been developed over the past six months by building contractors Bray & Slaughter, and will open to students in September.

But the campus – which represents a third large base for the college – was handed over to principal Dr Paul Phillips and staff this week.

Dr Phillips said: ““This new campus is already attracting a good deal of positive attention from training and industry sectors.

“This is going to be hugely important and influential skills and training centre and one which we hope will become a national beacon in terms of recognising the needs of individual young people and adults and providing the best resources and teacher/trainers to ensure they fulfil their potential.

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“The vision, in partnership with employers and key stakeholders, is to deliver training in new technologies which will contribute to the Low Carbon Skills Challenge.

“The campus will act as a catalyst for training, advice and guidance in sustainability which will embed across the whole college curriculum.

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“We are also addressing the needs of business and industry and making sure we equip students of all ages with the skills, qualifications and confidence employers are seeking.

“When the campus is complete, it will become a training site for thousands, giving each one the opportunity to achieve great success.”

Students at the new site will be able to study a range of skills, from carpentry, plumbing and joinery, to brickwork, decorating and electrical installation.

Another phase of the development, specialising in business-related training, will begin in July.

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