Animal magic with opening of new Tameside College centre
Mon, 04 December 2023
One of Tameside College’s most popular courses has a brand new home at its Beaufort Road campus.
Staff and students walked through the doors of their brand new learning resource at half-term. A purpose built animal management centre with workshops and outdoor pens is now home to array of different animals including: insects, reptiles, fish, amphibians, meerkats, goats and dogs.
The £1.2 million development is part of a £100 million investment in the college campus that has seen the arrival of: Clarendon Sixth Form College, the Advanced Technologies Centre, Tameside One and Construction Skills Centre. Other initiatives include the creation of a hospital ward and children’s simulation suite in health and early years’ department whilst the college’s welding workshops have also received a make-over.
The development of the college estate is part of Tameside College’s strategic plan to develop the local workforce, respond to national qualification reforms and the changing needs of employers.
Jackie Moores, principal said: “Every year we use labour market information to determine: what do employers need? what do young people need? As well as apprentices and adults.”
She continued: “But it’s not just about the buildings. It’s about what’s inside the buildings, it’s about the specialist kit that the employers say they want their employees to work on, to be confident using.”
“We are delighted that in Tameside, we now have some of the highest number of adults with level 3 qualifications. So many of our adults and young adults are able to progress to a wide range of well-paid careers across Greater Manchester, as well as places at top universities.”
“We continually develop the curriculum offer to ensure that Tameside residents have access to high quality education and training to prepare them for the next stage of their career-be that further study, employment, apprenticeships or university.”
To emphasise this ambition Tameside College has just started preparing the ground, at its Beaufort road campus, for its next landmark building. A multi-million pound automotive centre is set to open in autumn 2024 for a new intake of students. With a focus on electric and hybrid technologies, the new centre will offer students a teaching environment to learn new ‘green’ skills for the next generation of transport.
Applications are now open for school and college leavers as well as adults.
To apply for courses at Tameside College or Clarendon Sixth Form College visit: www.tameside.ac.uk or www.clarendon.ac.uk