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Cannock Chase Council is delighted to announce there will be a new further education hub in Cannock town centre opening this September.
The Cannock Chase Skills and Innovation Hub, to be based at the same campus location owned by South Staffordshire College, is the result of the Council working with the College to create a new partnership venture.
The hub will ultimately deliver courses, training and apprenticeship opportunities across seven new disciplines.
The move is designed to meet the needs of local and regional employers and a growing economy. It will give the District’s young people access to a range of education and skills opportunities provided locally in the District.
It comes as the District gears up for the arrival of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock, the future development of the Rugeley Power Station site, as well as other significant business and industrial expansion anticipated over the next few years.
Learning opportunities will be provided in engineering / advanced manufacturing, electrical installation and electrical engineering, energy, construction, digital, health and social care and early years, and mathematics and English for employability.
Some of these will be available from this September while others will be developed in future academic years.
There will also be an apprenticeship hub, as well as incubators for start-up businesses, and space for office use.
Claire Boliver, Chief Executive Principal of South Staffordshire College, commenting on the announcement said: “After many months of weighing up a wide variety of options, we have now arrived at a new future for the Cannock Campus that we feel represents the best outcome for the local community.
“Having taken advice from all stakeholders, we have now completed our due diligence and come to the decision that a new innovation and skills hub will be the most financially sustainable and economically beneficial use of this site. This will benefit local employers, small businesses and start-ups, learners and job seekers.
“We are therefore no longer offering the site on the open market, and are now at advanced stages of discussions with our partner stakeholders to move forward with this plan.”
More information about the courses that we will be offering will be available soon.