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Building would help train 'workforce of the future'
A £10 million “advanced technologies” building near Bradford College could help produce a much-needed workforce for high-tech industry.
On Monday, the college is holding a public consultation on the plans for a new building, which would teach green technologies, electrical engineering, and computer design among other subjects.
The building would be built on the Alexandra car park – near the under-construction Hockney Building – a £50 million state-of- the-art extension to the college which opens later this year.
Among the facilities at the centre would be dental and optical laboratories and specialist workshops.
The project is in its early stages and the public will be asked for their input before it goes through the planning process.
A college spokesman said: “The state-of-the-art centre will provide a superb student experience. Its location next to the College’s £50m David Hockney Building will allow new students access to first-class resources and outstanding student support services.
“Although these plans are in the very early stages of development and are all subject to funding and planning approval, the college is keen to continue to play its part in the regeneration of Bradford.
“We hope that the people and businesses of Bradford will support this exciting and innovative addition to the college’s main campus and encourage the public to attend the consultation.”
A similar technical college plan, proposed by Bradford University in 2010, never moved beyond the planning stages, despite support from Bradford Council.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, executive member for employment and skills at the Council, said: “This new plan highlights the confidence that the College has in Bradford’s young people.
“Bradford has a higher proportion of manufacturing industries than many other cities, so an investment in an advanced manufacturing facility is really relevant for our local economy.
“Bradford College has a good business case for the development, it is however early days and the plans are dependent on a bid for national Government funding to make this project happen.”
Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services, said: “It sounds like a brilliant project that will help young people in Bradford get the best education. It is important that with our growing young population we train our young people with technical skills needed for these industries.”
The consultation takes place on Monday between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at the college’s Sir Henry Mitchell Hall in the Old Building, Great Horton Road.
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