SOUTH DEVON COLLEGE has officially opened their South Devon Skills Academy at Newton Abbot in an unveiling ceremony which included a student samba band parade through the town centre.
They were joined by Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, former South Devon College student and current CEO of Galliford Try Greg Fitzgerald, Kevin Mowat, Chair of Governors at the college, its Principal Stephen Criddle, and other invited guests, to open the expanded facilities. The new expansion at Pearl Assurance House on Courtenay Street now includes dedicated hair & beauty facilities as well as the new shop front 'ACT Centre' - for free advice & guidance. Their other new campus site, at nearby Bradley Lane, boasts specialist facilities for automotive, construction & motorcycle skills.
"The new facilities will provide top quality skills training in automotive engineering, motor cycle maintenance and sustainable construction skills - as well as hair and beauty - to give a better chance of employment and future jobs for local learners. Employers are very enthusiastic about the development, which brings South Devon College quality and industry experienced staff on the doorstep," said Principal Stephen Criddle.
Anne Marie Morris MP said, "It was with great pleasure that I officially opened the new campus for South Devon College in Newton Abbot. It is vital for the future of our area that we have good local education facilities. South Devon College are an integral part of our community and I am delighted they have expanded what they do even further."
Kevin Mowat added, "To have a centre here in Newton Abbot reflects South Devon College's real commitment to supporting students and businesses across the region. I am delighted to see this happening."
Following a procession lead by college music, production arts and performing arts students with their vibrant samba band, invited guests made their way through the centre of Newton Abbot to the Bradley Lane campus. The students played throughout the campus to entertain the touring crowds with an array of music.
Greg Fitzgerald (CEO of Galliford Try) addressed the guests at the official opening of the Construction Skills Centre at Bradley Lane. He said, "I am delighted to be here to open such a great facility in Newton Abbot. This is a real success for the local area and South Devon College, and I hope that this is an opportunity that will form a legacy for both local businesses and students who are involved at this campus."
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Located in the heart of the town, the Apprenticeships, Careers and Training Centre (ACT) provides a one stop shop for free and impartial advice and guidance. The centre is open 6 days a week (including Saturdays) and anyone is welcome to drop in and meet with staff to find out about the range of courses for all ages, both at the College's main campus in Vantage Point, Paignton and at the Newton Abbot campus.
The College is also launching the 'I want to Be...' initiative, an opportunity to take advantage of the free advice and guidance service they offer and discover how they can help with the next steps of education and career paths. To find out more about this, or to meet the staff and tour the new Newton Abbot facilities, the next South Devon College Open Event is on Wednesday 13th February, 4pm – 7pm at Newton Abbot.