The new £3.5million Green Construction Centre at the Abingdon & Witney College, Abingdon Campus is the latest facility the college has invested in to meet the needs of skills training in the sector.
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 new Green Centre will open in June, offering apprenticeships and industry training to learners of all ages, as well as:
- First class facilities
- Genuine partnership working with the sector through engagement with employers, suppliers and wider interest groups/ stakeholders
- Working with awarding bodies to develop new qualifications
As a college we like to ensure we can adapt and evolve in line with both local and economic demands. It’s our intention that the new Centre will not only teach innovative techniques to the industry but use advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) to supplement the tried and tested approach to vocational education.
Our Bicester Construction Centre which opened in March 2021 and houses a dedicated ACS Gas Training Centre offers a range of skills development opportunities, from apprenticeship training to professional skills updating. This is complemented by our Centre in Witney, which has already established a good reputation for delivering vocational skills to the sector in: Carpentry & Joinery, Electrical and Plumbing.
With Abingdon in the south of the county, Witney in the west, and Bicester in the north, we are well placed to cater to the needs of the construction industry across Oxfordshire.
OxLEP has part-funded the new build projects and sees Construction as a sector with both growth and skills shortages within the county and beyond.
Career changing opportunities
We’re very interested to talk to anyone with skills in plumbing or the construction industry in general about joining us to pass on their expertise.
We’ve often helped people to change career. To give something back! To utilise the skills they have and pass them on to the next generation.
Don’t worry if you do not hold a teaching qualification, the College can support you with to achieve this! We support individuals who are keen to change career, people who are passionate about a hobby or anyone wanting to pass on their expertise to keen learners.
Contact our Human Resources on: 01235 216 424or email: Humanresources@abingdon-witney.ac.uk