College to hold open day at new building

Kirklees College will welcome its community through the doors of its new Huddersfield Centre on Sunday 12 May for a first glimpse inside.

As the finishing touches are made to the inside of the building, which is equipped to deliver courses to over 20,000 students during the course of a year, Kirklees College wants to let applicants, current students and members of the community see what the building has to offer.

The open day, which runs from 10am-4pm, will include guided tours, information on courses at all college centres, entertainment from students, The Pulse Radio Station road show with DJ Danny Mylo offering master classes on the turntables, refreshments and competitions.

Melanie Brooke, vice principal for Kirklees College said, “We have been doing mini tours of the building with staff, current students, schools, local businesses and councillors and the reaction so far has been fantastic. We’re confident that our local community will also be just as impressed with the new centre and all we have to offer.”

The college centre is officially due to open to students from September 2013.

The building will include a real aircraft cabin for training cabin crews of the future, a fully equipped gym, a restaurant and hair and beauty salons open to the public, science labs, state of the art classrooms and training areas such as industrial kitchens.

The building will provide easy access to a first class set of facilities for students such as a learning resource centre, 100 per cent free wi fi, a refectory and atrium area with Students’ Union lounge and all student advice services in one place.

The weekend also marks the launch of the college’s latest recruitment campaign, ‘Be Part of It’, which features 96 of the college’s current students from across all college centres.

Melanie Brooke continued, “This is an ideal opportunity for the local community to come and find out what we’re all about. It’s also a chance for anyone interested in taking a course, full time, part time, young or old, to find out more. We’ll be enrolling the bulk of our students in August and September, so there’s still time to apply, and there are always other opportunities to join courses throughout the year too.”

Kirklees College announced record pass rates last year when 96% of its students passed their course. Following an Ofsted re-inspection in December, the college was rated good (grade 2), improving significantly from its previous grading (grade 4) 18 months before.

Course areas on offer at the new building:

  • Access to higher education
  • Adult learning
  • Art and design (level 1 and 2)
  • Business
  • Childhood studies
  • Computing and ICT
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Foundation learning
  • Hair and beauty therapy
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Public services
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Sports Academy
  • Travel and tourism.

Facilities overview:

  • Nine floors of state-of-the-art facilities
  • Three hair salons
  • Four beauty salons
  • Four training kitchens
  • Two production kitchens
  • One training restaurant with views of the Waterfront and Castle Hill (Landings 72)
  • Five science labs
  • Six business suites
  • Specialist health and social workshops
  • Customised childcare workshops
  • 100% wi-fi coverage
  • A fully equipped gym and fitness studio
  • A multi-storey learning resource centre
  • An aircraft cabin simulator
  • Conferencing suites
  • A sensory garden
  • Refectory, café and college shop
  • Students’ Union office and lounge
  • BREEAM environmental rating of excellent.

Reproduced with the kind permission of Kirklees College