University Centre plans move a step closer...

30 November 2015

A brand new £6.25 million Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASICS), which will become the new home of the University Centre at Wakefield College, has been given the go-ahead. The Centre, based at the College’s City Campus, aims to focus on innovation and enterprise in order to promote economic growth within the community.

Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright said:

“We’re delighted that the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has approved our plans for the Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre. We’re grateful for the tremendous support we’ve had from key stakeholders in making this a reality.

“The new multi-million pound build will also house our University Centre, building on our existing expertise in providing university-level provision in the heart of Wakefield. This exciting new Centre is designed to help bridge the region’s skills gap and give young people and employers higher- level educational and employment opportunities right on their doorstep.”

Cllr Peter Box, CBE Leader of Wakefield Council said:

“Today’s news brings our ambition for an advanced skills and university centre one step closer. We are now embarking on a new era where our aspirations for higher level education and innovation can be delivered from within the city. Our younger and older people will soon have the opportunity to access, close to home, the learning and training they need to reach their full potential.

“The funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is real example of devolved power at work. A decision made in the local region by local people to help deliver the specific needs of a local area. Devolution is already working and delivering in West Yorkshire.”

The College has been working in partnership with local businesses, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, and other key stakeholders on the Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre project. Work on the new project will begin early next year.