Abingdon and Witney College builds Green Construction Centre

Green Construction Centre
Green Construction Centre

Abingdon and Witney College is building a new Green Construction Centre at their Abingdon Campus with first-class facilities, providing skills training of the very highest quality.

The decision to build the centre has come from the large skills shortage in the industry and builds on interest from young people in the sustainability agenda.

The centre will complement the new Bicester Construction Centre that opened in February 2021 and its existing centre at its Witney campus.

The centre will offer courses for school leavers, adult learners and existing professionals focusing on core construction skills training taught with a green focus. There will be full and part-time qualifications and apprenticeships offered in:

  • Plumbing (including renewable technologies)
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Electrical installation

Courses for existing professionals will include:

  • Retro-fit, net zero, low carbon philosophy and principles
  • Renewables: biomass, solar thermal, air source/ ground source
  • Modular construction, timber buildings
  • Air tightness, ventilation systems, passivhaus principles

The centre will also offer school engagement programmes and exhibition and teaching/ demonstration space for suppliers and employers to showcase products and share best practice.

The initial building has started with the steel frame completed and construction will be continuing ready for the centre to open in September 2022.