Disused buildings on the college’s Friary Road campus are being repurposed to create the new plumbing training and gas assessment centre – to support local businesses and self-employed engineers. In addition, the College is expanding the bricklaying provision, developing a joinery degree level qualification and working to enable delivery of a stonemasonry apprenticeship. Courses will start as early as April – the full programme will commence in September.
Courses being delivered include Level 1 and 2 Plumbing and Bricklaying, along with short courses, programmes for career re-training and gas assessment training. An apprenticeship programme related to these courses is also in development.
Funded by both Newark College and the Newark Town’s Fund, work started on the new centre at the beginning of January and is being developed following consultation with local employers to ensure course provision meets their needs and those of learners looking to re-train or progress.
Gary Headland, CEO Lincoln College Group, said: “We are really proud to have Newark College as part of the Lincoln College Group.
“This substantial new investment in Newark College has been made possible by capital investment from the Newark Town’s Fund Board as well as significant match-funding by the Lincoln College Group.
“We have worked closely with employers to understand their skills needs and we are highly confident that this new education and skills capability will create great opportunities for local women and men to secure a terrific career in the construction sector in general, plumbing and gas courses in particular.
“We are recruiting now for a September start so please get in touch with us for more information.”
Councillor David Lloyd, Co-Chair of Newark Towns Fund Board and Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “The construction college development is vital in creating educational pathways into key jobs required across the district.
“It was imperative that we found a local training option for young people and adults in not only the plumbing and gas trades but also more traditional constructions trades including stonemasonry and conservation teaching. These tradesmen, once qualified, can then help support local development opportunities ensuring the protection and enhancement of the conservation fabric of what makes Newark a historic market town.
“I am delighted that the government provided £750,000 in accelerated funding to support three investment projects in Newark which all support jobs and economic recovery.
“This accelerated funding was granted in June by the government who brought forward a £5billion payment to support capital investment projects outlined in Town Investment Plans up and down the Country.
“Newark’s Town Investment Plan was submitted by Newark Towns Board, under the governments Towns Fund initiative and saw us bid for up to £25 million for a range of transformative and aspirational projects for Newark. I am delighted to see that the accelerated funding has allowed work to start on this project which will welcome students in 2021.”
Newark College is looking to partner with local employers to deliver these courses and interested companies are asked to contact Advanced Curriculum Coach at Newark College, Penny Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
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