An ambitious new project for Tameside has been unveiled by Tameside College in partnership with TMBC which will provide a massive boost for the Ashton Town Centre economy, create new jobs and massively improved learning and skills facilities to invest in the future of young people right across the borough and Greater Manchester. This once in a lifetime opportunity for Tameside brings together the latest transport infrastructure, the fastest broadband connection in Greater Manchester and outstanding teaching and learning facilities in state of the art accommodation that doesn’t just transform the lives of young people but raises the aspirations and opportunities available to the whole Tameside community.

At the heart of the multi million pound, four year ‘VisionTameside’ master plan is a transformational three phase development of the Tameside College Campus. The College plans to build three new Advanced Learning Centres, based in Ashton Town Centre and at the Beaufort Road site which will give young people in Tameside ‘state of the art’ facilities that equip them for the challenges of a changing economy requiring a highly skilled workforce. More specifically, phase 1 will involve the development of an Advanced Learning Centre on a section of the Camp Street car park in Ashton Town Centre as well as an Advanced Technologies Centre to be located at the existing college site on Stamford Street. Phase 2 will see a new 7,000 sq. ft. Advanced Skills Centre which will bring thousands of staff and students into the town centre, boosting the retail economy, and providing the latest learning spaces for Tameside College students studying a wide range of vocational skills. Moreover, in phase 2, a new Joint Service Centre for Tameside Council and partners will be created which will be around half the size of the existing council offices, saving tax payers £1.5m per year from 2017 onwards. Finally phase 3 will see Tameside College redevelop the Beaufort Road campus.

Peter Ryder, Principal of Tameside College stated: “Young people in Tameside deserve to learn in the very best of learning environments. We are making a commitment to ensure that every young person leaving school in Tameside gains access to the very best post 16 provision in outstanding facilities. Tameside College is in the top 3 Further Education Colleges in Greater Manchester and has success rates in the top 10 per cent of providers nationally.

Despite this, every year almost 500 young people leave the borough to study elsewhere. Our new build programmes puts excellent teaching into world class facilities on the doorstep for our young people and communities.”

Click here to visit the VisionTameside website.

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