Skills academy founded in Gateshead

Gateshead College will soon welcome students into a new £5.5m Skills Academy managed by Newcastle developers UK Land Estates

Gateshead College will soon welcome students into a new £5.5m Skills Academy – 5,000m2 of facilities managed by Newcastle developers UK Land Estates.

The college announced plans to build the Skills Academy, dedicated to vocational learning and funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and One NorthEast, earlier in the month.

The flagship campus will be situated on Kingsway South, and will provide learning facilities for more than 1,500 students when it opens in Spring 2008.

Michael Spriggs, managing director for UK Land Estates said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to work with Gateshead College on both this and their Automotive Centre of Excellence on the other side of Kingsway. It is a great opportunity to project manage such a prestigious building on Team Valley; this has seen the transformation of an obsolete brownfield site, which stood empty for years, into another state of the art training resource for the region.’

Principal David Cheetham, said: ‘We are delighted to announce that we will be introducing a new campus dedicated to construction and vocational courses. The building is part of a massive investment by Gateshead College to provide new and improved education facilities. The college is investing more than £60m in education in the region including the landmark Baltic Campus which will replace the existing Durham Road building from early next year.’

The centre will also be home to Gateshead Collective, a partnership of work-based learning providers, which includes the college, Access Training, the North East Employment Training Agency and TVS Training.