Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) held the official opening of the Construction and Trades Centre at the Brighton East Campus with a special ceremony that local businesses, staff, and students attended. The ribbon of the £9 million building was cut by Tim Wates, Chair of Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.
After the ceremony, those present there toured around the new facilities, which will be used to train bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, painters and decorators, plasterers, and plumbers.
The plans for this construction were supported financially by local growth deal funding, through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, as part of a deal to boost skills in the wider area. The construction industry is expected to see the biggest percentage growth across the UK, with 21.9% and Sussex with 44% over the next five years.
“We were delighted to provide Local Growth Fund investment for the Construction and Trades Centre and it is fantastic to see all the hard work by partners come to fruition,” said Tim Wates.
He continues: “A tremendous effort has been made to improve Greater Brighton Metropolitan College’s infrastructure and throughout the process we have been impressed with their plans to address the skills deficit of the region. This centre will be a beacon for a city that has ambitions to be world class in construction and we are excited about the future development and growth at the college.”
The MET was created from the merger of City College Brighton and Northbrook College Sussex. It offers a comprehensive range of qualifications for 16 year olds leaving school, full and part time courses for adults, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and university degrees. The MET operates across five campuses in Brighton, Shoreham, and Worthing and teaches around 3,500 16-18 year olds, 7,500 adult learners, 1,000 undergraduates and 800 apprentices.