The new £2m training centre being built on Newton Abbot’s Brunel Industrial Estate will be officially ‘topped out’ on Tuesday, December 13. The Brunel Campus, which will be run jointly by Teign School, Coombeshead Academy and Newton Abbot College, will offer catering and construction courses for post-16 students.
The topping out ceremony marks a major milestone in the construction of the building by Devon contractor Kier, and students will celebrate the occasion by switching on a festive Christmas tree and cutting a special Christmas tree cake, which they have baked.
Teign School head teacher Vyv Game, who is leading the project for the schools, said: “We are delighted with the progress that is being made in the construction of the Skills Centre. This facility will provide a valuable addition to the vocational offer made by TQ12, a partnership between the three Newton Abbot schools.”
Kier operations director, David Snell, added: “Work at the new Brunel Campus is going really well and it’s great to be able to celebrate the ‘topping out’ with so many people who have been involved in making this resource for the young people of the area a reality.
“We are also very pleased to be able to share some of our experience and that of the trades who are working here at the moment with the students. We would like to do more as the building progresses and hope to inspire them to take courses here that will give them the skills that are vital for the future of our industry.”
The Brunel Centre is part of TQ12, the programme of occupational training launched by the three schools earlier this month to offer students quality courses which will act as a springboard to future career success. The courses will be offered at levels 1, 2 and 3, and students can progress through the levels into work or apprenticeships and from level 3 onto foundation degrees.
The first students will start their courses in the new Brunel Campus in September 2012.