Manchester College and UCEN Manchester officially open state-of-the-art technical education facilities in East Manchester – FE News

New construction, health and social care, childhood studies and sport facilities at Manchester College opened by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham

Manchester College and UCEN Manchester have officially opened their new state-of-the-art £ 25million facility for construction and engineering, health and social services, childhood studies and sport on the Openshaw campus in East Manchester.

To mark the opening, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham unveiled an inspiring new nine-meter-high mural that recognizes the resilience of the region’s youth during the pandemic and inspires hope for the future ambitious post-pandemic as the city region embarks on its post-pandemic recovery.

The mural, created by artist Zoe Power and produced by Alex Zawadski of Uncultured Creatives, was fashioned by students from the College’s Center of Excellence in Visual Arts who participated in the creation of the mural’s design brief and supported the artist selection jury in their important decision.

New industry standard facilities, which are now being used by students for the first time, include:

  • a six-court multidisciplinary sports hall with an observation gallery as well as a multimedia suite with match analysis capability for the College’s Center of Excellence for Sport. A new 3G outdoor pitch with spectator area will open in 2022
  • a state-of-the-art hospital suite including a fictitious hospital ward with an infectious disease zone for students of the College’s Academy of Industrial Excellence for Health and Human Services
  • specialized facilities for carpentry, carpentry, masonry and plastering for students of the Academy of Industrial Excellence for Construction and Engineering
  • a nursery simulation for students studying at the Academy of Industry Excellence for Childhood Studies.

The new openshaw campus facilities are a key part of the Manchester College Estate Transformation Project, where the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has contributed a £ 25million grant at a total cost of £ 139million. The Local Growth Fund (LGF) is awarded to Local Business Partnerships (LEPS) by the Ministry of Upgrading, Housing and Communities and LEPs play a key role in promoting economic growth through the country. The Greater Manchester LEP administers the LGF in collaboration with the GMCA *.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “Young people have suffered greatly from the pandemic. However, as the pandemic emerges, we can rebuild Greater Manchester and there are many opportunities for young people that we want to help them take advantage of. And I want to send a clear message to young people that we believe you and support you to be successful.

“We are a young city-region and we have great ambitions in digital technology and the green economy. To achieve these ambitions, it is essential that we invest in young people and they must be our investment priority. It means giving people access to technical skills to acquire skills that will make them highly employable in the Manchester economy.

“It also means putting young people in touch with businesses. We want young people to have skills that are relevant in the real world, so the closer colleges get to business, the better. It’s about getting young people ready to work and knowing what to expect in the workplace and I think college is an example of doing that with business.

The mayor was joined at the opening by Olympian and chair of the Greater Manchester Youth Working Group, Diane Modahl (MBE), who toured the new sports facilities.

The opening event, attended by local councilors and MPs, featured an exhibition match between college students and members of the Manchester Magic basketball team in the new sports hall.

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal of Manchester College and UCEN Manchester, commented: “We are delighted to have reached the first step of our estate transformation project with the completion of this incredible facility in East Manchester.

“The new facilities closely mirror what you would expect to find in the working world and will provide the perfect learning environment for young people to acquire all the skills they need to become the next generation of industry excellence. .

“The investment in these facilities is strategically aligned with Greater Manchester’s needs for skills and economic growth, providing students with the best possible opportunity to receive a high quality technical education that will lead to an ambitious and rewarding career that will allow ultimately them to realize their full potential.

“Over the past few weeks it has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the students as they started their educational journey at these facilities and it has been amazing to see them proudly showing off both the new facilities and their skills at the facility. mayor tonight. “

The opening of the new Openshaw facility comes less than 12 months before Manchester College and UCEN Manchester opened their brand new £ 95million four-story campus in the heart of Manchester, adjacent to the ‘AO Arena.

City Campus Manchester will be home to the College’s Industrial Excellence Academies for Computing and Digital and Creative and Digital Media, while also providing new facilities for the Academy of Industrial Excellence for Hospitality and Catering and its Center of excellence for the performing arts. In addition, the campus will also be home to the Arden School of Theater and Manchester Film School at UCEN Manchester, as well as higher education providers Creative and Digital.

City Campus Manchester will benefit one million Mancunians throughout the lifespan of buildings, providing students of all ages with state-of-the-art, industry-standard facilities from which to provide high quality technical education can be dispensed.

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