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First turf cut for new Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre

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Clare Hagerup, John Foster, Matthew Sharpe, Tony Rex, Paul Campbell. College Principal Sam Wright in the background.

A turf cutting ceremony last week week marked the beginning of construction work on Wakefield College’s brand new Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC). College principal Sam Wright cut the first turf on the new £6.8M project which is due to open in 2017. 

The ASIC building, which will be based at the College’s City Campus on Margaret Street, aims to focus on innovation and enterprise in order to promote economic growth within the community. 

Sam Wright was joined by Chair of Governors - Paul Campbell, Deputy Principal – John Foster, Assistant Principal – Tony Rex, Director of Higher Education – Clare Hagerup and FdA Web Design student Matthew Sharpe to mark the occasion. 

Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright said: “The new Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre will transform high level skills training in the district - bringing modern teaching and learning facilities for our learners. - it will also become a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship allowing enterprising students and local start-up businesses to bring their business ideas to life.”

The ASIC project has received £3.3M investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of investment to accelerate good growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the LEP said: “This marks the start of a major investment at Wakefield College and will increase the potential for our young people to participate in higher level skills education and training and in the longer term, will address some of the skills shortages that we face across the Leeds City Region. 

“The investment also opens up further opportunities for the College to support local businesses with enterprise and innovation and I look forward to following the progress of the new centre over the coming months.”

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 9 May, 2016

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