COLLEGE chiefs have set out further details of their planned changes for further and higher education provision at Evesham College.
WCG announced plans for a new-look Evesham College last month and outlined that pathways in health subjects will move to Pershore College.
Evesham College will continue to focus on highly sought-after technical and professional skills in which it excels and use its high standard of facilities to deliver this education.
This will see the college continue to deliver on the government’s commitment to developing skilled workers in key economic areas.
The college site will be set out into three new buildings – the first being ‘The Hub’, which will act as the main entrance to the college from the Cheltenham Road direction.
The main Technical Building will house courses including engineering, motor vehicle maintenance and repair, plumbing, carpentry, hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapies.
Courses will be at a range of levels including adult learning evening classes in engineering and motor vehicle maintenance, and apprenticeships in related subjects.
The new degree in engineering is gaining support and is an important addition to the engineering courses at Evesham College.
The Creative Building will be home to adult learning evening classes such as English and maths, ESOL, hair and beauty, languages, IT and arts.
It will also house Evesham College’s popular digital arts and media courses and new Esports course, which launched in September, and provides a pathway into one of the world’s fast-growing high-tech industries.
Aiden Corbett, a current student on the Esports course, praised the college’s excellent facilities for the course, which will be moved to the new Creative Building.
Aiden said: “My experience with the course has been great so far. The practical work is the best part of the course and the equipment we have been given is wonderful and allows us to do everything we need to do to succeed.
“My goal for the future is to become a 3D artist or a game designer and I think the course is a great stepping stone for me. It’s a Level 3 course and completing it means I’ll be able to go into higher education to complete my goal.”
The supported learning provision at Evesham College will be moved to Pershore College from September 2021. Supported learning students will benefit from a new specially developed learning environment which will offer a wider range of learning opportunities.
A new health department will be established at Pershore College, and the counselling and health and social care courses currently run at Evesham College will be moved to this new department.
The changes in provision at Evesham College will lead to significant changes being made to improve its capability to deliver on the new focused curriculum and make better use of the currently underutilised site.
Angela Joyce, CEO of WCG, said: “We are now in a position to share further details of our planned changes taking place in the coming year at Evesham College.
“This development and investment in both the curriculum and the estate at Evesham are a sign of our renewed commitment to long-term investment in the college.
“We are committed to the future of the college and ensuring it continues to provide relevant training and development to meet the skills needs of the local community.
“The facilities we have at Evesham are fantastic and these changes will further strengthen Evesham College as a centre of technical and professional training.”