Rachel has praised the facilities at the newly refurbished Worcestershire Construction Centre in Redditch.
The town’s MP recently helped cut the ribbon at the official opening of Heart of Worcestershire College’s construction facilities at Alliance House.
The new facilities include a newly built brick workshop alongside refurbished plastering, plumbing and carpentry workshops within the existing campus.
Back in 2020 HoW College received a £250,000 grant from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, which receives Government funding, towards the redevelopment project which was match funded by the College.
This saw a brand-new brick workshop being built on-site. Following additional funding from GBSLEP’s Growing Places Fund, the College were then able to refurbish existing plumbing, plastering and carpentry facilities. These will help further develop students' skills and knowledge, preparing them for employment within the construction sector.
Rachel said: “It was a real honour to be asked to help cut the ribbon at the official opening of Heart of Worcestershire College's Redditch Construction Centre.
“This is a vital part of our offering for young people in Redditch, opening up opportunities for highly-skilled and well-paid jobs in industries which are growing and need staff.
“Alongside our digital innovation centre which we’re creating as part of our Town Deal, we will also ensure young people in our town have the skills they need for the jobs of the future.
“We must invest in our young people, and the Government is. The Autumn 2021 Budget and Spending Review included an additional £1.6 billion by 2024-25 for 16-19 year olds' education.”