Bicester Skills Centre

New construction skills centre in Oxfordshire

Project

Bicester Skills Centre

Speller Metcalfe has been contracted to develop a new centre specifically designed to train construction apprentices.

Launched as part of Abingdon & Witney College’s apprenticeship programme, the £1m refurbishment of four former warehouse units on Churchill Road will provide opportunities for up to 100 apprentices to train each year for the fast-growing property maintenance sector, alongside traditional professional trades in plumbing, electrical installation, carpentry and joinery.

The Construction Skills Centre will house the type of industry-standard equipment that apprentices will find in the workplace, including a professional gas centre, electrical training bays for wiring regulation training and a large carpentry workshop.

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) secured funding for the project via the Government’s Local Growth Fund.