A £16m Tresham College campus is to be built in Wellingborough which will kick-start the regeneration of the town centre.
The new campus is planned to open by September 2015 and will be built on the site of the existing campus.
It is hoped this will increase the opportunities available in the town for up to 1,000 young people and adults to gain the skills training required for employment or university study.
The new campus, designed by Bond Bryan, will continue to offer subjects currently offered at the campus such as construction, engineering, motor vehicle, hair and beauty, computing, health and care, art and design and Tresham Youth Training and will be built around a central atrium similar to the Kettering and Corby campuses.
The bespoke design of the new campus will enable the college to develop a STEM centre and introduce the college’s University Centre to the town.
A digital skills academy will also be established for the campus in line with the increased need for companies to develop an online presence.
Tresham’s Wellingborough campus development will be the final phase of a comprehensive development plan which has seen brand new campuses built in Kettering and Corby in the past six years.
The college ethos and curriculum will be heavily influenced by local and national employers and the campus will become a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) centre to align the curriculum provision with training priorities that have been identified for the area.
Stuart Wesselby, principal and CEO at Tresham, said: “The new Wellingborough Campus will be the final piece of the Tresham jigsaw and will offer the people of Wellingborough and East Northants a fantastic state of the art learning environment fit to face the skills challenges of the next century.
“The new campus will have an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and maths along with a new digital skills academy.
“The new curriculum has been developed with future employment in mind, and we have work with the local enterprise partnerships to ensure we can provide the right skill development to meet future employer demand.
“For a long time we have been trying to find a solution for our poor estate in Wellingborough, and now thanks to Government help, we can create a campus that is invigorating, exciting and a place where our learners can feel proud to study in.”
Simon Evans, chairman of Tresham College of Further and Higher Education Governing Body, said: “Tresham is currently ranked as the 12th most successful general further education college in the country.
“Following the successful rebuilding of our Corby and Kettering campuses, the redevelopment of our college in Wellingborough will enable Tresham to assert its rightful place as one of the top 10 FE colleges in the country.
“It is vitally important that young people have access to gain the skills that they require within an environment fit for the 21st century and the new campus will enable us to provide this.”
Plans for the new building, which has been approved by the Skills Funding Agency, will be on show at the existing Tresham’s Wellingborough campus in Church Street following the first public consultation event being held at the site on Wednesday, October 30, from 5pm to 7pm.
Visit www.tresham.ac.uk for more details and for dates of events.