Uxbridge College has honoured its Employer Champions at the official opening of the College’s new £6.2m development.
The event celebrated the official launch of the new facilities at the Uxbridge campus in Park Road. The development has seen the original refectory – named The Exchange – modernised and doubled in size, new plumbing workshops built, and additional classrooms and offices added for both engineering and health and social care teaching. The work has also freed up space in other parts of the college which is now used by the Learning Centre.
The new plumbing workshops, which include a series of ‘mini bathrooms’ where students can learn practical skills, were supported by LB Hillingdon. The development by contractors SDC was also supported with £2m from the Skills Funding Agency, with the remaining costs met through college funds.
Employer Champions work with the College with a range of contributions to training and community development. Regional and national businesses which support the College’s Employer Champion scheme were each presented with a certificate of recognition by Chancellor of Brunel University Sir Richard Sykes, who also officially opened the building.
The employers were welcomed by Lorraine Collins, Executive Director of Enterprise and Development at Uxbridge College, who spoke about their work with the College.
The Employer Champions honoured on the night included Metro Bank, Collette World Wide Travel, The Clancy Group, General Mills, and Rackspace.
Lorraine Collins said: “At Uxbridge College our students gain hugely from our strong links with local, regional and national employers, and it is a real honour to have so many successful organisations supporting us as Employer Champions.
“This very effective partnership scheme has proved of benefit time and time again to both the College and the employers, who tell me how much they value the opportunity to be part of our work to train young people and support the community and economy.”
Ms Smith said: “Students and staff alike are thrilled to be able to enjoy this wonderful environment which has enabled us to expand our STEM curriculum further, including moving into the brand new area of plumbing and extending our work further in the sustainable technologies.
“I would particularly like to thank the London Borough of Hillingdon for assisting us in identifying the skills that will benefit local economic growth and supporting us with practical help to do so.”