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An £8.8 million new facility to grow the next generation of talent for Sheffield City Region’s creative and digital industries employers has officially launched.
Around 30 employers attended an official opening, which included a business breakfast and tour of the Centre for Creative Industries at The Sheffield College Hillsborough campus, Livesey Street.
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, who officially opened the new building, said: “The Sheffield College is investing in facilities that will train young people in the skills they need. This will help them get jobs, support employers and will be a boost to regional growth. It’s wonderful to have opened the new facilities.”
The dramatic, curved three-storey Centre for Creative Industries now extends the existing Hillsborough campus, and houses a new theatre, drama, dance, television, photography, music and radio studios and £450,000 of new equipment. The official launch took place on Friday November 20th.
Creative industries specialisms offered at the College include art and design, graphic design, games development, media, music, journalism, dance and drama, and photography. Courses previously located at Norton campus, which closed in the summer, have moved across to Hillsborough campus.
Jason Pepper, Executive Director, Finance and Resources, The Sheffield College, said: “Our new multi-million pound creative industries facilities are some of the best in the north. We are working with Sheffield City Region LEP and employers to provide the training needed to grow the regional economy.”
The Centre for Creative Industries is one of two new buildings that have opened to Sheffield College students this term. A £6.8 million new building specialising in engineering has also been completed, and is due to be officially launched this week. Click here to watch the latest film of the new facilities.
The upgrade to the College’s accommodation reflects a longer term plan to ensure that all students train in the latest high quality industry standard facilities to boost their skills.
Student Amy Smith, 21, is completing a Foundation Degree in Photography at Hillsborough campus after moving across from Norton in September. “The new facilities are great. My lecturers are a real inspiration to me. Coming to college and learning vocational skills, after a disappointing experience at school, has been a very positive step for me,” said Amy, who is Deputy President of Sheffield College Students’ Union and a student governor.
Both new build projects have received a total of £10 million capital funding from the Skills Funding Agency - money specifically ring-fenced for building projects - approved in October 2013. The facilities have been built by Clugston Construction and designed by Race Cottam Architects.
The Sheffield College – which is Ofsted graded ‘Good’ – provides academic, vocational and professional qualifications to 20,000 young people and adults a year, and has a £321 million economic impact on the city annually. Qualifications include apprenticeships, vocational diplomas, A Levels, access courses and foundation degrees.
This term, the College launched The Sheffield College Guarantee, which applies to all new students, aged 16 to 18, starting full-time courses, lasting more than six months. On successful completion of their course, the College is guaranteeing that students will have an apprenticeship or a job offer or an offer of a place on a higher education course at the College or university, or a progression route to one of them.