Prin­ci­pal wants busi­nesses to en­gage with learn­ing quar­ter

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THE CEN­TRE prin­ci­pal of Kirklees Col­lege’s new learn­ing quar­ter in Dews­bury has called on busi­nesses to en­gage with the col­lege ahead of the opening of the de­vel­op­ment.

The Dews­bury Learn­ing Quar­ter will open in the aca­demic year of 2018 and will see the col­lege move out of its cur­rent build­ing on Hal­i­fax Road.

Me­lanie Brooke, cen­tre prin­ci­pal for the Dews­bury Learn­ing

The York­shire Post Quar­ter, told that the col­lege wants to talk to busi­nesses to see what it can do to ad­dress their skills needs.

She said: “We want to hear what you’ve got to say, with­out you we won’t be do­ing what you want.”

Ms Brooke also hopes to con­vince par­ents in the lo­cal area that ap­pren­tice­ships through the col­lege are the way for­ward for their chil­dren.

Dews­bury Learn­ing Quar­ter con­sists of two new cen­tres. The Spring­field Sixth Form Cen­tre, which is si­t­u­ated next to the Lidl in the town, will open first.

The listed Pi­o­neer House will fol­low soon after and will fo­cus on adult learn­ers and work­ing with em­ploy­ers.

The learn­ing quar­ter has re­ceived £11.1m in­vest­ment through the Leeds City Re­gion En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship (LEP) Growth Deal.

Ms Brooke said: “We’re work­ing with in­dus­try to de­velop a small state-of-the-art train­ing room.

“In­dus­tries have told us that there is a gap for them. So they can bring staff in to train in skills that they might need in the work­place.”

The col­lege be­lieves that the move into the new build­ings will help with the town’s re­gen­er­a­tion drive. Ms Brooke hopes to run com­mu­nity events to bring life back to the town cen­tre.

She said: “There’s things like the Hud­der­s­field lit­er­ary fes­ti­val, let’s run one in Dews­bury. Let’s work with part­ners. Let’s get some of those things to help re­gen­er­ate and bring all the com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.”

Al­to­gether Kirklees Col­lege has ap­prox­i­mately 17,000 stu­dents, 4,500 of which are full-time learn­ers, and around 1,000 staff across eight dif­fer­ent cen­tres.

Ms Brooke hopes the new learn­ing quar­ter will en­cour­age stu­dents from the sur­round­ing area to en­rol on cour­ses at Kirklees Col­lege.

Busi­nesses in­ter­ested in work­ing with Kirklees Col­lege on train­ing can con­tact Ms Brooke di­rectly on mbrooke@kirkleescol­lege.

ME­LANIE BROOKE: The col­lege wants to team up with busi­nesses to ad­dress area’s skills needs.

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