An innovative college led by industry has cut the ribbons in an official opening ceremony for the publicto get a glimpse inside.
The Maltings College opened its doors to industry professionals on May 1 to give them with an insight into the courses and the new state-of-the-art facilities that are available.
The free school was once the location of Fountain Head Brewery Webster’s Brewery,.
It provides courses for ‘student employees’ aged 16-19 and is one of 102 free schools in the country.
Courses, led by expert trainers in a field, include hair and beauty, child care, catering, construction, engineering, hospitality, IT networking, horticulture, fitness, business administration, light vehicle maintenance and motor mechanics.
Students employees learn in a workplace environment and the facilities include a hair salon, a mechanics garage and a kitchen for the catering course.
Julian Dowson, 46, Principal at The Maltings College, said: “We know that when they leave us that this course will leave the person with the right skills and qualifications to be the right person for a job. “
A motor mechanics student employee Harry Fairbank, 16, said that this course gave him a chance to learn in a hands-on environment.
Harry said: “It provides us with skills for the work place in a working environment.
“We work as mechanics do in the work place.
“We learn how to fix people’s cars in the garage at the college.”
Tony Abbott, MD at Reactiv, who opened the event, said: “The Maltings gives students the chance to go from being a big fish in the pond at school to being a tadpole in the big world of industry.”
The college, which opened its doors in September, is part of a family of schools established by Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School.
Since opening the college was singled out for being entrepreneurial and innovative by the Independent Academies Association (IAA).
For more information on the courses provided at the college, see www.maltingscollege.co.uk, or contact the college on 01422 300024.