Newark College to become construction industry hub as part of Towns Fund bid to transform the town
Major plans that could provide 600 students with educational pathways into the construction industry have been announced, as part of the Newark Town Investment Plan.
A college expansion project in Newark, offering additional courses in plumbing, bricklaying and joinery, while also introducing stonemasonry, forms part of Newark Towns Fund Board’s application for the Towns Fund, a government pledge to invest up to £25m into the town centre.
The increased educational offering would provide immediate opportunities, including retraining with a route into employment, while ensuring that local businesses can access the skills they need to thrive.
New industry links would be created within the fields of conservation and modular construction — a process in which a building is constructed off-site and produced in modules, which are put together on-site.
The college would be well-equipped for students to undertake work on live projects, with more than 7,000 new homes in the district due to be delivered over the next 15 to 20 years.
With multiple heritage sites and listed buildings in its locality, students and apprentices would also work with local construction businesses and factories to repair and redevelop historic building stock.
David Lloyd, co-chairman of Newark Town Board and leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Improving skills and education is vitally important and this was recognised by our local businesses and residents during the public consultation.
“The college expansion could link local children to multiple job opportunities, allowing them to meet their aspirations for the future.
“In addition, with its town centre location, the expansion would increase footfall for town centre shops and services.
“The plans respond to the needs of local businesses and what the public have asked for, so we are hopeful to receive support from the government.”