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New construction centre in south Bristol takes shape as completion date nears

City of Bristol College prides itself on the wide range of courses offered across five different centres around the city, with a new one on the way.

Later this year, the college will be opening its £9million Advanced Construction Skills Centre at the South Bristol Skills Academy (SBSA). The centre is due to be delivered on time with the main contractor, Midas, ensuring that building has continued on site throughout the pandemic in order that we can welcome learners from the start of the new academic year in September 2021. 

The Advanced Construction Skills Centre has been funded by City of Bristol College and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership to provide a full range of education and training options that will deliver the skills required by young learners, adults and employers across the city region.

From this September onwards, the centre will offer state-of-the-art facilities to provide courses in areas including wood and trades, electrical, interior systems, civil engineering, as well as tech-related subjects such as CAD and BIM. Skills training will also be offered in areas such as energy environmental technology as part of the centre’s focus on green and sustainable construction.

Earlier this week the College hosted stakeholders from across the city region in the latest of a series of meetings where employers, businesses, and community organisations have come together to help shape the courses and skills that the centre will deliver.

“The contributions and advice from stakeholders has been hugely important in planning the Advanced Construction Skills Centre, and in ensuring we will be providing learners with the skills that employers will require from their workforce now and in the future. The new centre will help build sustainable economic growth across Bristol, and will help make that growth inclusive, with a focus on opportunities in employment and progression for all.”

The college’s Deputy Principal and Chief Executive, Richard Harris.

The Advanced Construction Skills Centre will also play a key role in the college’s ongoing partnership work with the University of the West England which is seen as a new opportunity for the city’s communities, particularly those in South Bristol, to access university level education including through a degree apprenticeship route.

For further information on the Advanced Construction Skills Centre, or if you are interested in becoming involved with the stakeholder group, please contact Richard Harris, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive, richard.harris@cityofbristol.ac.uk.

For further information on the College’s partnership work with UWE in South Bristol please contact Joanne Ward, Clerk to the Corporation and Chief of Staff, joanne.ward@cityofbristol.ac.uk.

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