Principal wants businesses to engage with learning quarter
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. ac.uk.
MELANIE BROOKE: The college wants to team up with businesses to address area’s skills needs.