A specialist motor vehicle training centre will be officialy opened in Banbury tomorrow (Friday).
The £2 million centre has opened at the Banbury campus of Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, which will re-launch as Banbury and Bicester College in November.
The centre is to be officially opened by Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry tomorrow and offers a range of industry-standard facilities to help students prepare for employment, including MOT testing bays and electric car charging points.
It is open to full-time students as well as local apprentices and secondary school pupils following a vocational route.
Rose Turner, principal, said: “This is an exciting development in the provision of vocational training in the Banbury area. We have made a significant investment in these facilities to offer students the very best grounding for a career in the motor vehicle industry.
“We know that our young people need the right learning environment in which to develop the technical and other skills that employers demand.”
Courses at the site prepare students for careers working in car dealerships, body repair and fast-fit centres, vehicle parts, leasing and renting.
Stuart Briscoe, a level two motor vehicle maintenance and repair student, said: “The way you learn on this course is really hands-on and the motor vehicle centre is fantastic. It is bright and modern and has all the space you need.”
The building is part of the college’s larger £6 million investment programme which includes a creative media production suite due to open soon.
Mrs Turner said: “This will give students real work experience as they complete their qualifications, providing them with a competitive advantage when it comes to securing employment.”
An open event will take place at the college on Wednesday, November 6 from 4pm-7pm.