Building futures in upgraded Construction Skills Centre

Published on 20/10/2020 by DTHACK

Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) has relaunched its Construction Skills Centre (CSC) during Colleges Week following a £1m investment in cutting-edge facilities and equipment.

The CSC features a wide range flexible workspaces simulating site environments. And following the huge financial commitment students now have access to the very latest tools and technology – which includes surveying and business information modelling applications on state-of-the-art iPad Pros for those on advanced courses and T Levels.

"The world of construction is changing fast - and it’s essential our students are on top of their game and fully conversant with the technology powering the next generation of construction projects," said Carl Shaw, B&FC’s Head of Construction.

"We’re working closely with industry to make sure that the learning experience provides students and graduates with the experience and technical skills to slot straight into the workforce."

Specialist equipment at the CSC includes power tools from IE Festool, Felder woodworking machines, and Leica surveying equipment.

B&FC’s rolling programme of investment ensures students have access to facilities and experiences equipping them with the skills for modern workplaces.

In the past three years, more than £8m has been spent across the college’s five campuses strengthening its position among the UK’s top 3% of further education institutions for student achievement.

B&FC is the only college in the North West offering all three launch T Levels, which include Construction. They also included Education and Computing and started last month (September).

Another Construction pathway is among a further five being rolled out by the college starting next year. 

Simon Hughes, B&FC’s Vice Principal – Quality and Curriculum, said T Levels were a milestone in recognising the importance of industrial experience in further education.

"T Levels provide students with a guaranteed minimum 315-hour (45-day) industry placement, where they can put lessons from learning environments into action."

"We’re really excited to be the first college in the North West to offer all three T Levels.

"B&FC has already carved an impressive reputation for working with businesses across Lancashire and beyond to address skills shortages.

"Through the experience and knowledge they provide to tomorrow’s leaders of enterprise, T Levels will strengthen further the county’s economy and help fuel sustainable success across many key industry sectors."