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Government Minister Opens York College Construction Centre

Nick Boles, MP, Minister for Skills, has officially opened the new £6m construction centre at York College on Sim Balk Lane during National Apprenticeship Week.

The new teaching centre will host full-time students and apprentices as they study for important build trades like engineering, plastering, joinery, and brickwork. Its construction was supported by grant funding from the Skills Funding Agency.

The building, which contains classrooms, two workshops, an electronics laboratory, an IT suite, and facilities for changing, has been open and in full use since the academic year began, but the official opening, which was presided over by Mr. Boles, took place more recently.

The government minister stated that engineering, brickwork, and joinery apprenticeships like the ones being pursued at York College are helping future tradesmen and women acquire workplace experience and achieve a first-rate education.

Mr. Boles got his hands dirty during the event, cutting timber and laying bricks during a tour of the joinery and brickwork workshops in the new facility.

Shirley Collier, chairman of governors for York College, said that York had invested substantially in its construction training programmes. She stated that the new Construction and Skills Centre provides a modern, state-of-the-art learning environment for the college’s students. It will also play an important role in supplying a skilled workforce to the country’s expanding construction sector, at a time when there is a real dearth of qualified tradespeople.


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Mr. Boles stated that apprenticeships like the ones offered at York College open doors for young people across the UK.

“That’s why I am committed to 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020,” he said.

The MP also met and talked to currently enrolled students and apprentices (the discussions oriented around their experience) before heading to York Minster where he met Sam Turner, the York College stonemasonry apprentice who won the Bronze medal in last summer’s World Skills competition in Brazil. Mr. Turner won the prize in the Architectural Stonemasonry category.


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