Weston College revealed details about a range of major developments at its annual Business Breakfast this morning.
Employers and industry leaders from across the region were among 250 guests at the event, which was sponsored by Foot Anstey LLP and held in the Winter Gardens Pavilion ballroom.
Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive, also presented the College’s Annual Report at the breakfast. The document showcases the College’s achievements from the 2017-18 academic year and looks ahead at range of exciting projects.
Despite what is a turbulent time for the wider FE sector, Dr Phillips reported an annual turnover of over £65m, which marks an annual growth of 3% for the College.
Highlights for the year ahead include the Health and Active Living Skills Centre and Construction Training Centre which represent a combined investment of £20m, and directly address skills shortages in their respective sectors. Both are due to open in spring 2019.
The Health and Active Living Skills Centre will bring together the College’s health and social care, sports therapy and active living curricula into one bespoke facility.
The Construction Training Centre focuses on three sector areas where the skills shortage is at its most acute – scaffolding, plant operations and groundworks. It’s designed to fulfil genuine commercial need by providing training on demand.
Dr Phillips also discussed two pioneering additions to the College’s 16-18 curriculum – the new T Levels and the Career College qualifications.
These employment-focused developments will provide more than 1,000 additional places for 16 to 18-year-olds, and equip those learners with the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead in the modern jobs market.
The event featured a keynote speech from Dave Lees, CEO of Bristol Airport.
In his speech, Mr Lees shared details of the airport’s vision – ‘Towards 2050’. This includes increasing capacity to accommodate 19 million passengers a year, the impact on regeneration for the area and the skills required to enable successful delivery.
The breakfast also provided some excellent networking opportunities as it brought together delegates from a range of local and regional businesses, charities and organisations.