A NEW £3.2m training centre opened its doors last week to help encourage learning in the area.
The Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre, on Brigantian Way, South Kirkby, held an open day last Friday to show what the facility has to offer, including courses in construction, beauty therapy and hairdressing.
It is funded by Wakefield Council and run in conjunction with Minsthorpe Community College, Hemsworth Arts and Community College and Oakfield Park School, Ackworth.
The centre has beauty and hair salons, wet and dry construction training rooms, a working and training kitchen, café, three computer suites, conference rooms and a sensory room. All facilities are fully accessible.
Principal of Hemsworth Arts and Community College Pamela Massett, said: “The centre has fantastic facilities and it’s great to be part of it all. It’s a real benefit to the local community.”
The centre will work with local employers, encouraging them to become training and learning providers, and focuses on young people and their families to promote lifelong learning.
The council hopes the training centre will raise aspirations in the southeast of the district by providing learning and enterprise opportunities and to develop literacy and numeracy skills.
Coun Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “It has been great to see this project get off the ground.
“It gives both young people and adults the opportunity to develop skills which employers are looking for and give them the confidence to make their mark in the world.”