Newark MP Robert Jenrick cut the ribbon to officially open the new plumbing and gas training center at Newark College on Friday.
After nearly £400,000 in investment from Newark Town’s Fund Board, as well as significant co-financing from Lincoln College Group, disused buildings on Newark’s Friary Road campus have been repurposed to create the new centre.
The facility has been developed with input from employers to ensure that school leavers and adults learn relevant skills in workshops that meet industry standards, using the latest equipment and tools.
The center will support businesses and self-employed engineers by offering short courses, apprenticeships, retraining programs and gas assessment training.
Mr Jenrick said: “I am extremely excited about this new development for the city. Newark College responds to regional demand for key roles in the construction industry, and the new facility improves access to the required training and education, while also providing valuable services to local businesses.”
David Lloyd, co-chair of Newark Towns Fund Board and leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “From day one, Newark Towns Fund Board’s vision has been to transform Newark into a place where people want to live, work and visit.
“Part of that vision is to ensure that we give people the opportunity to realize their learning potential, access higher education and be recruited into exciting jobs, while also giving local employers access to a highly qualified and work-ready workforce.
“The opening of the building center is only the first part of realizing this vision and I am delighted to see this milestone being welcomed with such enthusiasm and support from students.
“I look forward to hearing about the numerous opportunities this new center will bring to our community in the coming years, while also eagerly awaiting the successful completion of many other Towns Fund initiatives in Newark.”
In addition to level one and level two plumbing, the college will expand the masonry facility from September and add an electrical installation element to their multi-trade course.
Plans are also being developed to launch a carpenter training and a stonemason apprenticeship. Working with key local employers, students will benefit from work experience, internships, regular guest speakers and field trips.