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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Work begins to put roof on Workington's new £10m college

Work has begun on Lillyhall’s £10 million University Technical College’s roof.

Workington college photo
Principal Gary Jones

The site, on land beside the Energus building off Blackwood Road near Workington, is on schedule to open in September.

Gary Jones, principal and chief executive, said everything was on track.

“Over the next few weeks people will see the structure’s brickwork take shape,” he said.

“Towards the end of next month and the start of March things will ramp up further as work on the interior moves to the next stage.”

Mr Jones also said the college’s IT framework would soon be put in place.

The technical college will specialise in energy, engineering and construction, with a first cohort of around 140 students, and up to 500 students studying there by 2018.

It is hoped that students will be able to gain knowledge and qualifications specific to the energy sector, as well as giving them the best possible start to a future career in the industry.

The college is aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds.

Students will use a combination of laboratories and classrooms and sharing facilities at Energus and the Energy Coast Construction Skills Centre, in Hallwood Road, Lillyhall.

It is in the middle of a student recruitment drive and has seen numerous information evenings over the last few months for prospective students.

Mr Jones said he was also pleased to see female recruitment at 18 per cent and hopes this will increase to almost 25 per cent as the process continues.

“Students at the University Technical College will get use of some of the region’s best facilities as part of their studies, being based at the college, the construction skills centre and the workshop within Energus.

“This new addition to learning in west Cumbria is opening up more options for young people and will help them fulfil their potential as they move into industry careers.”

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