New Centre of Vocational Excellence officially opened in Worcester

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Group Training Association (HWGTA) officially opened its training facility on Thursday 7 December.

Over 45 businesses attended the official opening at the Great Western Business Park in Worcester, to celebrate the positive impact that the facility will have for future generations of apprentices. The new Centre of Vocational Excellence will help to provide training for several hundred learners each year at all levels.

Attendees were given a tour of the new accountancy classrooms and engineering facilities, before hearing presentations from HWGTA’s Chief Executive Duane Sanger, Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year for 2017 Ben Hyde and Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year for 2016 Pippa Dressler-Pearson.

The new Centre provides a state of the art facility for engineering skills development for the manufacturing, processing, finance, legal and service sectors across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The development was completed following £950,000 investment from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Growth Deal and £70,000 of New Homes Bonus funding from Worcester City Council, as well as match funding from HWGTA.

Duane Sanger, Chief Executive at HWGTA, said: “It was fantastic to officially open our Centre of Vocational Excellence and showcase our new facility to local businesses and partners. We take great pride in being able to train Worcestershire’s future generations and our new cutting-edge facilities and equipment will help us to continue to provide our students with a first class education.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “We are delighted to see the official opening of HWGTA’s new facility. Worcestershire has achieved the strongest growth in higher level workforce skills for two years running and the opening of excellent facilities like the Centre of Vocational Excellence will only help to raise the skills of our local workforce even further.”

For further information on Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association and their available courses, visit their website.

Pictured: Inside the new Centre of Vocational Excellence’s engineering facilities