Colleges are central to the growth of our local, regional and national economy. They deliver training and skills that employers need so that young people and adults can leave college and go into jobs and careers in industries that are thriving and growing.
But, what about the jobs of the future? Young people now will be working in jobs that don’t yet exist. Colleges have to stay one step ahead and deliver training for skills that employers will need next year and in 3 – 5 years’ time.
Thanks to some Government funding, secured by Nottingham College, we are delivering training for the future!
Within Nottingham College’s City Hub campus, we’re currently building a brand new Digital Broadcast Centre that will offer higher level training in podcasting, vodcasting, VFX, games design, TV and Film production and editing, web and graphic design, motion graphics and animation. Students enrolling this summer will be benefiting from this new centre from this September.
Government funding, to the tune of over £1m is also being used to develop a new laboratory science and innovation centre, inside the City Hub campus, to deliver degree level training in lab tech and bioscience to support this ever expanding sector.
A grant from the Government’s Strategic Development Fund, this year, has seen more than £1.2m spent on designing new training courses in construction, engineering, biotech and digital and creative industries.
The College is awaiting the outcome of a bid for hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend on a fleet of electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell cars, and other automotive equipment with which to train our automotive engineers and vehicle mechanics of the future. The funds will help us develop new courses and training packages for existing vehicle technicians wanting to upskill, as well as new trainee mechanics enrolling this year and in the future.
The College’s ambitions extend to the creation of a specialist adult nursing ward to provide new facilities within its City Hub campus to train those going into adult healthcare, illness rehabilitation and recovery, physiotherapy as well as end of life and hospice care. These are crucial skills for a sector that is expanding rapidly with thousands of jobs being created this year alone.
In April 2022, the College was successful in securing £4m in Government funding for a new bespoke centre for students with learning disabilities and/or difficulties. This centre will support students with skills for independent living as well as skills to help secure employment. This new centre, to be developed on the grounds of the College’s Basford campus is due for completion in September 2024.
Hot off the press is the news that the College has also secured £1.6m to enhance its arts, craft and design provision within its 25 Stoney Street centre, in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. Huge improvements to the learning environment can now begin and are again set for completion ready for September 2024. These improvements again will enable our art, design and craft students to prepare for careers in architecture, garment and furniture design and manufacturing, product design, 3D modelling and printing, VFX, web design and animation, branding and marketing and much more.
All in all some £10m in Government grants has been, or is being invested, in the development of new facilities or training courses to help prepare students for a job of the future!
It is truly an exciting time to be a student with us at Nottingham College.
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