Bath College considering £3.3m HVAC training centre

New refrigeration and air conditioning training centre planned at Bath College

The City of Bath College has announced plans to build a new £3.3m training centre for refrigeration and air conditioning students after receiving a grant from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The new building is to be constructed in the college’s Somer Valley Campus, in Radstock, following the union of Bath College and Norton Radstock College in April 2015, and would be a centre of excellence for the teaching of refrigeration and air conditioning technology and installation.

Bath College plans to open new air conditioning training centre

City of Bath College

Bath College is already a leading provider of refrigeration and air conditioning apprenticeships for young people, who are currently taught at the college’s Construction Skills Centre, situated in the city centre. If the proposal was to go ahead, a new two-storey construction skills centre that can host 500 students will be built on an existing car park.

On Thursday, 25 February a public consultation took place at Bath College, which was attended by local residents who wanted to find out more about the plans and ask questions. Following the consultation, Bath College will now officially apply for planning application.

If everything goes to plan, the new centre of excellence will be accepting students studying refrigeration and air conditioning, electrical installation, plumbing, stonemasonry, bricklaying and carpentry from September 2017.

Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson said: “The construction skills centre will be a talent pool for local employers to come and find their future workforce. It will contribute to the growth of apprenticeships and the government’s target to grow apprenticeships by three million.”

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