The foundations were laid for a brighter future for thousands of young people from south Bristol and beyond when Metro Mayor Dan Norris formally opened the new City of Bristol College Advanced Construction Skills Centre in Hengrove.
Students at the Hengrove Centre will be able to learn trades such as bricklaying, carpentry and construction, and higher-level skills such as project management and quantity surveying, which they can take into further study and higher education to begin a rewarding career.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “I’m so pleased that this fantastic new learning centre has been created in south Bristol, made possible with £6 million funding from the West of England Combined Authority that I’m proud to lead.
“A construction skills centre serving this part of the West of England has for too long been on a wish-list, and I’m delighted that this cash injection has at last made it a reality.
“Serving communities across south Bristol and beyond it will help construction course students learn the skills they need to – literally – build a better future. And as we all work together to meet our ambitious net zero target it’s really good that eco-friendly construction practices and learning about sustainability form key parts of the courses on offer.
“Opening the Centre is an honour, enabling students to use its brilliant facilities and equipment, and ensuring they can get hands-on experience in their chosen profession.”