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Last nut tightened at Skills Centre

30 January 2017

Central Bedfordshire College’s construction and engineering students proudly tightened the last nut on the steel frame for the College’s new Skills and Technology Centre currently being built in Chartmoor Road in Leighton Buzzard.

The event marked a key milestone in the construction of the Local Growth Deal-funded site which is due for completion in July and will be opening its doors to students in September 2017. Key stakeholders turned out in the cold, to demonstrate their support for the project which is designed to support the growing skills needs of the area; this is also at a time when there is significant population and economic growth forecast for the region.

The £2.5 million centre is a joint venture between Central Bedfordshire College and SEMLEP and will house professionally equipped state-of-the-art workshops for the engineering, construction, motor vehicle and aerospace industries.

Hilary Chipping from SEMLEP, said: "This fabulous new facility represents a great opportunity for young people to develop their skills and prepare for the world of work. Equipping our future workforce with the skills they need to access jobs locally is a perfect example of how Local Growth Deal funding can help to improve productivity and make a long-lasting difference to our communities."

The Right Honourable Andrew Selous MP, who is a champion for skills development, attended the event alongside Captains of Industry from British Aerospace Engineering, Hone – All Precision and Ashe Construction. Commenting on the progress made to date, he said: “I’m delighted to see Leighton Buzzard and Linslade’s new Engineering and Construction Skills Centre going up, to be ready for students this September.  It’s a much needed facility for students and businesses locally, and I am delighted to see taking shape.”

Principal Ali Hadawi CBE said: “It was great to have our students involved in this event today as they are the engineers and technicians of the future who will benefit from this high-tech centre where they will gain advanced technical skills.” He continued: “The close involvement from industry means our students will gain industry relevant skills that they can take forward to university or employment in any number of companies in the local area.”

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