15 Mar 2016

Minister for Skills opens York College Construction & Skills Centre

During National Apprenticeship Week, staff, students and invited guests welcomed Nick Boles MP, Minister for Skills, to officially open the new York College Construction & Skills Centre.

Ycol_Minister_Rush_018WEBLocated on the College’s Sim Balk Lane campus, York College was supported by grant funding through the Skills Funding Agency to build the new £6 million Construction & Skills Centre.

The Centre has been operational since the start of the academic year and accommodates full time students and apprentices studying brickwork, joinery, plastering and engineering courses. Its  facilities include two large workshops, classrooms, IT suite, Electronics Laboratory and changing facilities.

During his visit the Minister got his hands dirty, laying bricks and cutting timber during a tour of the brickwork and joinery workshops where he met with apprentices.

After a welcome speech by Shirley Collier, York College Chair of Governors, the Minister unveiled a slate plaque to officially open the Centre. The MP then gave a speech stating that: “Brickwork, joinery and engineering apprenticeships, like the ones we’re celebrating at York College today are helping young people to build experience in the workplace and get a top class qualification. Apprenticeships open doors for young people around the country. That’s why I am committed to 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020.”

On leaving the College the Minister travelled to York Minster where he met with York College stonemasonry apprentice Sam Turner who won the Bronze medal for Architectural Stonemasonry at the World Skills competition in Brazil last summer.