Phase one begins on £10million college project

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 May 2012

MP John Penrose and Construction and Engineering Centre of Excellence operations manager Hugh Tovey.

MP John Penrose and Construction and Engineering Centre of Excellence operations manager Hugh Tovey.

Weston College

A NEW £10million building project to help the unemployed at Weston College has been officially launched by MP John Penrose.

Mr Penrose was at the college’s South West Skills Campus (SWSC), in Locking Road, where he ceremonially cut the turf to launch the project and saw how the college’s ASPIRE programme is working to help the long term unemployed.

The £3million refurbished building at the SWSC is scheduled to be completed by February 2013, and will house an employment skills centre to help get people back into work.

A further £6million will also be spent on expanding the business enterprise centre by creating a two-storey block.

A multi-purpose unit will be built to house staff and students while the building is redeveloped.

At the same time an area for sports activities including football, netball and basketball will be created. Both these projects will be ready by September and will cost £770,000.

Mr Penrose said: “I was delighted to help dig the first spade of earth to launch phase one of a major new facility which should enhance the learning experience at this go-ahead college.

“It was a pleasure to meet learners on the ASPIRE course which is helping unemployed people as well as students at the construction and engineering centre of excellence which is a first class facility to improve skills here in North Somerset.”


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