Harrogate College Business Newsletter – July 2022

29 July, 2022 12:36 pm
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Harrogate College prides itself on working hand in hand with local businesses and organisations to provide the skills and training they need to ensure that our economy grows and thrives. Our monthly newsletter is a handy way of keeping our partners informed of developments at the college.
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Business Newsletter – July 2022

Dear partners,

We are delighted to share the news that the college has secured £16 million to help fund a major transformation of our campus.

You can read more details about the plans below. In essence, the project will consist of replacing our main building with a new, sustainable property that has been purpose-built to deliver quality technical and vocational training.

Such training will play a vital role in helping the local economy flourish. Equally important will be the district’s ability to attract investment and expand its existing workforce. 

In his opinion piece on the college’s website this month, James Haddleton explains how Harrogate College Employers’ Network will assist in that capacity.

Creating work-ready students with the kind of problem-solving and green skills that are so valued by our businesses, meanwhile, is a vital part of what we do. So we are also pleased to share with you details about an electric conversion project that a couple of our Motor Vehicle students recently completed.

We hope you enjoy the read.

Danny Wild
Harrogate College


College secures £16m to replace its main campus building
We have been awarded £16m of government funding to transform our campus.

The money, from the Department for Education’s Further Education Capital Transformation Fund, will allow us to completely replace the main building.

The £20m project (the £16m will be combined with an existing, £4m budget) will result in a sustainable new purpose-built facility for technical and vocational education.

This will support priority growth sectors for Harrogate and North Yorkshire such as advanced manufacturing, low carbon construction, retrofit, sustainable energy and bioeconomy, health science and hospitality.

The energy-efficient new building will include a workshop unit that provides large scale facilities aligned to industry needs. This will complement the college’s existing tech centre which is home to its motor vehicle, electrical, joinery and welding workshops.

Read more here.

Sparking learning into life
Two Motor Vehicle students recently put their skills to the test – by creating their own e-bikes. The Level 2 students were looking for a more reliable mode of transport. So when an opportunity to convert their bicycles into e-bikes presented itself at college, they seized it.

Student Aidan Stone said: “I converted my bike by taking off the back wheel and fitting a new one with the motor attached to the wheel, then I fitted the battery and controller to the frame and wired everything up.

“I needed a more reliable mode of transport than an e-scooter. This helps me get to work and to college, and it has better range. We learned about the electrics of vehicles which helped me a lot when wiring my bike up.”

Read the full story here.

Opinion: The future success of Harrogate’s economy rests on its ability to attract investment and grow its existing workforce

The future success of Harrogate’s economy rests on its ability to attract investment, grow its existing workforce and expand current enterprises with the support of education institutions such as Harrogate College, writes Haddletons’ Chief Executive Officer, James Haddleton.

As part of its ongoing commitment to support the local economy, Harrogate college has set up an employers’ network aimed at delivering the skills and courses local firms need. This initiative has come at an opportune time as the economy continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic. 

Harrogate College is the ‘one-stop shop’ in the district for your skills needs and should be the first place to visit, whether you are in trade or in a profession.

The college is currently part of a ‘100 in 100’ campaign, which aims to get 100 apprentices hired in as many days and the significance of this campaign is one the district desperately needs. 

Read more here.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of our Business Newsletter – we’ll be back with more next month!