As part of National Apprenticeships Week celebrations, officials from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) were amongst a group of VIP guests invited to Selby College on Wednesday to receive a briefing on the progress of the almost £1.4m extension to its Aspiration Building, a specialist Construction trades training facility due to open in the spring.
Local employers, District Councillors and apprentices attended the event which provided an update on the new extension and an introduction to the exciting range of construction courses to be offered by the top-performing college in future.
Work began on the new purpose-built facility in November last year to plug the growing skills gap in the Construction industry by providing Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing and Electrical Installation courses.
The new extension will add approximately 500sqm of floor space to the existing building, allowing the local college, already the Areas largest provider of Apprenticeship programmes, to continue to provide training to far greater numbers of young people and adults to meet the growing demand for skilled construction workers.
As Allan Stewart, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College said, ”I am delighted to confirm the new Aspiration Building extension is on target to be opened in Spring and will provide a purpose-built facility, enabling students recruited onto one of our growing range of Construction training programmes to be at the leading edge of getting jobs locally, regionally and nationally.”
Allan added, since the college introduced construction training programmes, just a few years ago, the growth in student numbers has been phenomenal with over 270 full time learners and apprentices now participating in a broad range of subjects across all levels.”
Roger Marsh, OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said “Creating more and better apprenticeships is a key element of our Employment Skills Plan and I’m delighted that our investment in Selby College is helping to do just that. Apprenticeships provide young people with a pathway to exciting career opportunities whilst also ensuring that businesses have access to the skills and talent that they need to grow. I’m thrilled that the new Aspiration Building extension is on track to open this year, providing further capacity to ensure the future needs of local businesses, individuals and the wider economy are met.”
Selby College has received £0.7m investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal- a £1 billion package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
Shona Wade from Wade Joinery Construction Services was impressed with the new Aspiration Building extension, saying, “The new training facility provides a great opportunity for local Construction companies, like ourselves. Our industry needs new people; skilled people and to have access to such a fantastic facility like this locally, ensures we are able to continue to upskill and train our employees and apprentices to meet our exacting standards.”
Published: Wednesday 8 Mar 2017