Banbury and Bicester College is to launch new facilities for construction and carpentry as it seeks to meet skill needs in the area.
The college is investing in a new workshop and build space at its Banbury campus on Broughton Road as part of a redevelopment scheme.
It is callng on more young people to consider a career in the construction industry due to growing demand both locally and nationally. The new facilities at the college will include industry-standard tools and equipment, a dedicated machine shop and a large workshop ideal for outsized projects such as creating roof rigs.
John Kelly, head of learning for construction at Banbury and Bicester College, said: “It’s a great time to consider a career in construction which is a major growth area both nationally and in the local area.
“In both Banbury and Bicester there are significant housing and retail development schemes under way, for example 1,000 new homes at Longford Park, the expansion of Castle Quay Shopping Centre and the 20-year eco-town project in Bicester.
“The construction industry offers fantastic career progression and opportunities to earn good money.”
Research by recruitment specialists Randstad CPE showed the UK construction sector faces a 100,000 worker shortfall by 2050; second only to the teaching profession.
Students joining the college in September will benefit from the new facilities, which involve relocating and improving the existing construction workshops.
Rose Turner, principal of Banbury and Bicester College, said: “This latest investment is part of our long-term strategy to provide the best possible facilities for vocational learning in the local area. It follows the refurbishment of our creative arts centre and the opening of our new creative media and motor vehicle centres, representing an investment of more than £12 million in the last six years.
“We hope that these new facilities will encourage many more young people to get the skills and qualifications needed for a rewarding future career.”