A new vocational skills centre has opened in York today.
The Danesgate Skills Centre is aimed at young people aged 14 and above and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that is expected to benefit around 60 students per year.
Jill Hodges, assistant director of school improvement and staff development for the council, said: “The main aim of the centre is to transform the learning experience for young people.
“[We want to] encourage them to develop a commitment to, and enhanced understanding of, continued learning, whether that’s in school, college or the workplace. These aims support and promote the overall 14 to 19 agenda of the council.”
York city council is hoping to tackle some of the barriers that young people face when looking to move into further education or employment with the centre.
It will address these issues by meeting the needs of individuals and providing vocational learning for “carefully targeted” groups of young people.
To begin with, the centre will offer accredited courses in construction, horticulture and hair and beauty.