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125 Years for Blackpool & the Fylde College Blackpool and The Fylde College staff gathered together to celebrate 125 years of providing education on the Fylde Coast.

 

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Event celebrates B&FC’s 125-year history

Blackpool and The Fylde College staff gathered together to celebrate 125 years of providing education on the Fylde Coast.

Celebrating 125 years at Blackpool and the Fylde College

During the event, an historic timeline was unveiled in the mezzanine at B&FC’s Bispham Campus by Principal Bev Robinson and the College’s longest serving staff member, David Ogden (below).

Celebrating 125 years at Blackpool and the Fylde College

B&FC is one of the Fylde Coast’s biggest employers with more than 1,000 staff and a photograph taken during the event will feature in a new history book commissioned by the College which will be launched later in the year during one of a number of 125 celebration events which are planned.

Engineering lecturer David, who is this year himself celebrating a 60-year involvement with the College as a student and staff member, said: “I am delighted to be part of the 125 celebrations.

“I started here as a student in 1957, doing an HNC in Engineering. When I completed the course, the Head of Engineering suggested I apply for a teaching vacancy, which I did. 

“I got the job and started work here in 1963 as a lecturer in Electrical Installation then, when the College started working with Lancaster University, I began teaching Advanced Engineering. I haven’t missed a September start either as a student or member of staff since 1957.

“I now work part-time in Construction, Engineering and at Fleetwood Nautical Campus and have also had the opportunity to work overseas for the College, in places such as Brunei, Egypt, Ethiopia and Thailand.

“My most memorable moment at the College was moving into the Bispham Campus when it was built, the facilities and equipment were wonderful – something which recently continued with the opening of the new Advanced Technology Centre.”

England's most successful general FE college

Tracing its roots back to the opening of a small School for Fisherman in Fleetwood in 1892, B&FC has gone on to become England’s most successful large general further education college.

The College also offers more than 60 degrees and was last year awarded Foundation Degree Awarding Powers. It specialises in sectors including aerospace, engineering, energy, maritime, digital, health, project management and tourism. 

At last review, Blackpool and The Fylde College’s higher education provision received more commendations than any other institution in the UK from the Quality Assurance Agency and the College won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2015 for its work with BAE Systems.

Alyce Wynne, Students’ Union HE President at the College, added: “The 125th anniversary is a great opportunity for students to join with staff to celebrate all that is good about our College.

“I believe students have a real pride in where they study and the Students’ Union tries to help build that feeling of a college community.

“I’m sure all the students will be keen to get involved in the 125th anniversary to help celebrate our history, while also looking forward to the future.”

More than 1,800 businesses – including Ford, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS – choose B&FC to deliver education and training programmes and are an important part of the College’s ongoing story.

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The Voice is Coming to Blackpool College

ITV's 'The Voice' is coming to Blackpool, looking for singing talent for 2018 and they're auditioning at Blackpool and the Fylde College

The Voice Auditions at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Be at The University Theatre, Blackpool & the Fylde College University Centre, Park Road, FY1 4ES, on Thursday 4 May 2017 - from 1-4pm - first come - first served!

Please prepare one song - acapella or with a backing track

The Voice UK is open to solos and duos and all musical styles are welcome. To enter The Voice you need to be 16 on or before 1 October 2017 (Under 18's need permission from parent/guardian)

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B&FC launches pioneering partnership with Fleetwood Town FC

Blackpool and The Fylde College and Fleetwood Town FC have joined forces to boost opportunities in football.

Blackpool and Fylde College, Fleetwood Town FC Partnership
Fleetwood Town junior team players, B&FC students and coaching staff attend the launch of the new partnership between the club and the College at the PoolFoot Farm training complex

The League One club will introduce a new shadow youth team programme at the College from September, and the new partnership will mean B&FC students on the team will be the first to be considered to progress into the Fleetwood Town Youth Team set-up.

Students studying for any number of different careers at the College can already add a football element to their course programme – be their main study area in anything from sport or travel tourism to construction or engineering. This means the College can prepare people for their career, while also providing opportunities in the game should they have the required skills.

Mark Fell, Director of Further Education at B&FC, said: “Our provision is unique in that students can add a football element to many of the other Ofsted Outstanding courses which we offer at B&FC.

“This means they can tailor their studying with a tutor-led, one-to-one experience, which isn’t offered by other local providers, creating pathways to access careers in football and coaching, or in industries related to their other areas of study.

“For girls, this is the only bespoke 11-a-side provision on the Fylde Coast and we hope to drive forward the development of the women’s game through the offer of local, high-quality provision in support of the work already going on in local clubs.”

The partnership will also mean any players – male or female – who may not currently be ready for the club’s junior squad can sign up for a College course and play for a B&FC team under the guidance of professional head coach Andy Preece, to develop their skills.

Open trials for Fleetwood’s youth team will be held at the club’s multi-million pound PoolFoot Farm complex on Tuesday 11 April and Thursday 13 April. Meanwhile, interested players can also sign up for the shadow team by contacting the College directly.

Gretar Steinson, Technical Director at Fleetwood Town, added: “The shadow youth team will offer players a performance pathway through the club, whilst also supporting their future career development and gaining full interaction with FTFC Youth Team. The programme gives aspiring footballers the opportunities to develop their talents and focus on full-time academic or vocational courses, should they not quite break through as a professional player.”

Students will get the opportunity to train in and wear the Fleetwood Town shirt as they play each week, representing both the college and a leading local club.

He added: “We would encourage all interested young people and their families to come along to the open trials over the Easter period.”

B&FC has been the highest performing large FE College in the country for student success for two years running, with an ethos of providing opportunities which lead to positive onward progression and successful careers.

To access the programme, players must be U19 on 31 August (male) or U21 on 31 August (female). For further information, contact B&FC on 01253 504154 or email Rachel.Walker@blackpool.ac.uk (and please mention that you saw it here, thanks!)

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Open Days at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Open Days at Blackpool and the Fylde College

B&FC’s open days are the ideal time to find out how we can help you begin your future career. Speak to tutors about the different courses and career paths, tour the campus where you’ll be based and get advice about funding and other sources of support.

At our Meet the Experts events, you can get advice from a subject specialist about the best route to making your career goals a reality.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday 3 May 2017 - Meet the Experts - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday 10 June 2017 - Open Day - 10:30am - 3:00pm

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Tasting Events at Level 6 Restaurant

Brand new tasting events for 2017 hosted by Restaurant Manager Jordan. Each one is a chance to try something new and exciting while learning about the current trends.

Tuesday 25 April - Wine Tasting Evening

Tuesday 9 May - Prosecco, Sparkling Wine & Champagne Tasting

Tuesday 13 June - Gin Tasting

Tasting Events at Level 6 Restaurant

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Hair and Beauty Project at Blackpool and the Fylde College

The Hair and Beauty Project at Bispham Campus is home to the school of hairdressing and beauty therapy where members of the public can experience a range of treatments/ courses in a professional environment.

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*LEVEL 2*
Tuesdays 12.45 - 3.45 pm or Wednesday Evenings 5 - 8 pm
File & Polish £5
Deluxe Maniure and Pedicure £10 each
Manicure with Gel Polish £10
Twinkletoes £10
Nail art from 50p
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*LEVEL 3*
Wednesday 5 - 8 pm
Full set of Acrylic Nails or Gel Nails £12
Book your rebalance at the same time for 2 weeks later & pay just £16 for both *Thats a saving of £4*

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Train for a Career in Health

Do you know someone who wants a career in nursing, paramedic practice or in the health sector?

Blackpool College health sector courses

You can sign up now for this course at B&FC and study in March 2017 for a diploma in Access to Higher Education Health Care Professionals. This course is designed as a stepping stone to university and allows you to study for careers in nursing, paramedic practice, occupational therapy and midwifery.

This is a 12-month course, that on successful completion, supports application to do a degree in one of several health related disciplines, either at B&FC or another higher education institution.

Help with funding might also be available depending on candidates’ individual circumstances, via funding waivers or an Advanced Learner Loan. Currently for fee-paying candidates who go on to successfully complete a degree course, the Access to Higher Education fees may be refunded.

Candidates will need to have 3 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications, including maths or English.

The course starts on Monday 20 March and attendance is on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am till 4pm Blackpool and The Fylde College, University Centre.

Visit blackpool.ac.uk (hyperlink to https://www.blackpool.ac.uk/course/bm1fe99)  or call 01253 504343 for more information

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B&FC launches head start for a career in the fishing industry

A new traineeship giving unemployed young people a head start in the seafood industry is being launched by Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Fish processing

The 15-week course, starting late August, has been designed with input from Fleetwood fish processors and the industry body Seafish to reflect the type of skills that are needed to future-proof the sector.

The programme is open to 16 to 24 year olds currently unemployed with little or no previous work experience or qualifications and it includes a work placement three days a week where students learn production skills. Depending on the employer there could also be a chance of career experience in areas such as marketing, purchasing and delivery.

Assessors and tutors from Illuminate Training Solutions, part of the B&FC family, will provide background knowledge of the seafood industry, food hygiene, manual handling and essential skills such as writing a CV and preparing for an interview.

Trainees will be expected to attend College once a week and students will have the chance of an interview with an employer to progress to an apprenticeship.

Those aged 16-18 will receive a bursary of £40 a week and a free bus pass. Young people aged 19+ will retain their Job Seekers Allowance and associated benefits while on the programme.

Dawn Leak, Director of Sales and Operations for Illuminate Training Solutions, said: “Fish processors, both in Fleetwood and elsewhere, are increasingly telling us of the need to up-skill and recruit more young people to future-proof this particular industry.

“This new traineeship is our way of filling that skills gap and providing an important first step on the employment ladder for those who have left school with no formal qualifications.

“We’ve worked closely with the employers involved to ensure the programme is tailored to what they need, at the same time creating significant work experience for the trainees taking part and supporting their progression to an apprenticeship.”

Fleetwood based merchants My Fish Company is one of the employers taking part in the traineeship. Director Kim Ashton said: “There is a recognised shortage of skilled filleters not only in the north-west but nationwide.

“With such a strong fish and seafood heritage linked to Fleetwood, many young people want to follow in the footsteps of a parent or grandparent with no real understanding of what the environment is like to work in every day. 

“The traineeship offers the best of both worlds, not only to employers but also to the young people. Each one has an opportunity to ensure a good fit and take a few weeks to decide whether they suit each other. 

“For employers it is almost a 15-week interview and for young people an opportunity to trial their chosen career before making the final decision of a full time apprenticeship.”

Patrick Hayton, Company Director of wholesaler Midland Fish, added:Midland Fish are proud to be supporting Blackpool and Fylde College. We are excited at the prospect of recruiting new young local people, and giving them a chance to learn and create new job opportunities in the town’s fishing industry.

“We feel it is important not just to ourselves and the industry but to the heritage of Fleetwood town and its history. We look forward to creating long term employment in our sector and feel that fresh blood could drive the town’s industry on further.”

Anyone who is interested in this traineeship should contact Illuminate Training Solutions on 0330 024 1234.

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B&FC honour their Students of the Year

Outstanding achievement and success have been celebrated by Blackpool and The Fylde College at the annual Student of the Year awards.

More than 300 guests gathered at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to see 18 awards presented to exceptional students, who had been nominated by their tutors.

B&FC Student of the Year Christian Railton

Young Student of the Year was Christian Railton (above) from Cleveleys. Having suffered a stroke four years ago, the 18-year-old juggled speech therapy and physiotherapy appointments while he completed his business studies diploma. He also found time to serve as a student representative and raise money for a number of charities. After graduating this summer, he is heading for Durham University to start a degree in accounting and finance.

Christian said: “It was amazing to win, not what I was expecting at all. My mum and dad are so proud. I have enjoyed being at B&FC and I’ve definitely grown in confidence while I’ve been studying here”

His tutor Sally Dixon commented: “Chris is a quiet and humble student and has been an excellent role model for his peers. He has worked very hard to achieve his grades and has been a pleasure to tutor.”

Julie Agnew, at B&FC student of the year awards

Other winners included Julie Agnew (above), who was declared Adult Student of the Year. The 31-year-old from Fleetwood returned to education to complete a photography diploma and she is now progressing up to B&FC’s University Centre to study for a degree in September.

She said: “It doesn’t seem real. B&FC took a chance on me: I didn’t have any qualifications and now I have a distinction and a Student of the Year award, which is a fantastic achievement. I can’t thank the college enough.”

Congratulating all the winners and nominees, Bev Robinson, Principal and Chief Executive of B&FC, said: “The Student of the Year awards are an important occasion in the College calendar. We get the chance to reflect on the commitment and dedication the students have shown in fulfilling their educational goals and to celebrate their exceptional individual achievements.”

The category winners were:

  • Employer of the Year – BAE Systems and Greenhalghs Craft Bakery
  • Young Student of the Year – Christian Railton
  • Adult Student of the Year – Julie Agnew
  • Higher Education Student of the Year – Sarah Noblet
  • Young Apprentice of the Year – Cody Birtwistle
  • Adult Apprentice of the Year – Craig Pugh
  • Higher Apprentice of the Year – Kieran Mulholland

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Handover completed of Fleetwood’s Marine Engineering Centre

Seafarers Awareness Week was brought to a poignant close at Fleetwood Nautical Campus with the official handover of the Marine Engineering Centre (MEC).

Marine Engineering Centre at Blackpool and Fylde College Nautical Campus, Fleetwood
Marine Engineering Centre at Blackpool and Fylde College Nautical Campus, Fleetwood

The £1.2m build project, which will provide a first-class training and highly realistic working environment for cadets training as officers at sea, has taken just six months to construct by Pinington Construction.

The building was formally handed over to Blackpool and The Fylde College on 24 June. Work can now start on fitting out the centre with advanced equipment that mirrors life on board, ready for the first students in September.

Curriculum Manager Brady Hogg receives the keys from Tom Rennie, Project Manager with Pinington Construction
Curriculum Manager Brady Hogg receives the keys from Tom Rennie, Project Manager with Pinington Construction

Neil Atkinson, Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus, said: “A big thank you to everyone involved in making this project a reality and how significant that we were able to take ownership during Seafarers Awareness Week (read more about Seafarers Week below).

“The country is crying out for qualified marine engineers and our cutting-edge MEC represents a strong commitment from B&FC to provide the industry with job-ready and highly-skilled officers.

“It will also help Fleetwood and Lancashire stay at the forefront of the UK and global maritime industry for many years to come.”

The Marine Engineering Centre has been part-funded by a Growth Deal grant via the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

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College supports Seafarers Awareness Week

Blackpool and The Fylde College supported Seafarers Awareness Week 2016 to help promote maritime jobs for future generations.

Seafarers UK, the unique maritime charity that oversees the whole UK maritime environment, has called on both the Government and the UK shipping industry to invest in training of British Merchant Navy officers to meet huge manpower shortfall.

A recent report from the International Chamber of Shipping has revealed a current shortfall of 16,500 deck and engineer officers. The forecast global shortage of maritime officers is alarming; 92,000 by 2020 and 147,500 by 2025.

The demand for officers has increased by 24% from 2010. But since then the number being trained in the UK has hardly changed. Less than 1,000 British cadets each year commence training for Merchant Navy careers.

The College’s Fleetwood Nautical Campus is one of the UK’s top nautical establishments, attracting students from all over the world.

Head of Maritime Operations Shajan Lukose said: “We are happy to support Seafarers Awareness Week and promote the fantastic opportunities available to young people. Our graduate to employment rate is 100%, which is as much a testimony to the high calibre of our students as it is to the excellent relations we enjoy with shipping companies. We have recently launched a Level 3 diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations to help prepare more school leavers for a career in the industry and look forward to continuing to build on our existing success.”

Seafarers UK provides bursaries for cadets who are keen to work at sea but are prevented from doing so by financial constraints. The charity believes that what is required now is a fresh and joined-up approach to making young people aware of our great maritime heritage, the huge importance of the sea to our island nation, and the consequent career opportunities for training to work in the UK’s maritime growth areas, including:

  • Workboats - servicing our offshore windfarms
  • Superyachts - where the UK has an impressive reputation for yacht design, building and crewing
  • Cruise ships - getting bigger every year, requiring hundreds of crew members across a huge range of disciplines from deck officers to the hospitality industry

Seafarers UK’s Director General, Commodore Barry Bryant, said:

“By promoting maritime jobs for future generations we want to make more young people aware of the exciting career choices at sea and ashore, and to make them aware before they choose alternative employment options that receive more publicity in schools and from careers advisers.

“No one in our island nation lives more than 70 miles from the coast. And the UK has more ports and harbours than anywhere else in Europe. 95% of everything we import comes by ship, including half the food we eat. That is not going to change, and the global shipping industry will continue to grow.”

As an organisation that has been supporting seafarers for 99 years, Seafarers UK wants to see more British officers in the world’s ships. But for that to happen more money must be allocated for training, and more berths are required on ships so cadets can gain the essential sea-time they need to become qualified as officers.

Blackpool and the Fylde College supports maritime careers throughout the year. Seafarers Awareness Week ran from 20 June to 26 June, promoting ‘Maritime Jobs for Future Generations’. Visit www.seafarersweek.uk

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Saatchi & Saatchi Chairman addresses B&FC graduates

Kevin Roberts, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and celebrated author, delivered this year’s commencement address to graduating students from Blackpool and The Fylde College.

He spoke to more than 1000 higher education students and their guests as they marked the successful completion of foundation and honours level degrees with graduation ceremonies at the Winter Gardens on 7 July.

With international renown for a positive and inspirational leadership style, Kevin Roberts advises national organisations and global brands. His 2016 book is 64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World. Lancaster born and bred, his 50-year business career started with Mary Quant in London in the 1960s before the Middle East in marketing with Gillette and Procter & Gamble. He has been an international CEO with Pepsi-Cola and Saatchi & Saatchi, and best-selling author of Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands.

Kevin's advice is “The four elements to seek in your work life are responsibility, learning, recognition, and joy. Give and receive these every day”.

Bev Robinson, Principal and Chief Executive of Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “We are delighted that Kevin was able to take time out of his busy schedule to be keynote speaker at our higher education graduation ceremonies.

“He undoubtedly inspired our graduands to seize the many opportunities available to them as they embark upon the next chapter of their careers.”

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B&FC on the ball

Blackpool and The Fylde College footballers have achieved a deserved double.

Photograph shows the winning team at St George’s Park
Photograph shows the winning team at St George’s Park

After finishing the season top of the North West Ability Counts League, the squad are now national champions after a tournament win over nine colleges from around the country.

B&FC beat Sandwell College in 1-0 in yesterday’s final at St George’s Park, with Richard Wilkinson scoring the winning goal.

The squad play pan ability football organised by the Association of Colleges. Coaches from Blackpool Football Club’s Community Trust train the team once a week and Rachel Walker, the College’s Sport Maker, said: “We’ve been working with this group for two years and the difference in them now is amazing. They have come on so much in terms of skills and understanding of the game and demonstrate fantastic teamwork and sportsmanship.

“We are so proud of what they have achieved his season, they really deserve it.”

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Young designers excel in national competitions

The calibre of graphic design undergraduates at Blackpool and The Fylde College continues to be recognised with a number of recent successes at national level.

Graphic Design students at Blackpool and the Fylde College
From left to right: Connor Dodd, Edward Foster, Imogen Milsom, Robert Wharton, Lucy Porter and Sian Bonnell

One degree student has made it to the final of a prestigious UK design award, while several others have been commended in a scheme recognising innovation in packaging design.

For the RSA Student Design Awards, Jay Stannard has been shortlisted against seven others to improve the way medicines are protected, dispensed, distributed and taken in sub-Saharan Africa. He has created a universal symbol language that replaces written instructions with a series of familiar images. These can be used to explain such things as dosage, storage and how to take the medicine.

If chosen as the overall winner on 1 June, he could then see his design developed during a paid internship with healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline.

Jay said: “Literacy levels are very low in some poorer parts of Africa, which makes it very difficult to teach them about the medicines they need for themselves and their children. My idea was a series of pictograms that simplify the instructions and make reading them without the written language as easy as possible.

“It’s great to have been shortlisted, now all I have to do is sit in front of a panel of judges and explain the thinking behind my design, which is a little daunting.”

Fellow student Connor Dodd has received a bronze accolade in the Starpack Industry Awards, while classmates Imogen Milsom, Sian Bonnell, Robert Wharton, Edward Foster and Leah Woodland were commended in the same competition.

Their briefs included repackaging existing products, creating a point of sales display or producing packaging for a BBQ pack. Their competitors weren’t just students, they also included people already working in the design industry.

Several of the group were also successful in the National Calendar Awards earlier this year, with Chris Cornall’s Student Survival Guide making it into production.

Imogen Milson said being able to enter competitions like these is invaluable to their learning: “Doing work for the industry improves your confidence. Grades are all well and good, but when you get national recognition it gives you that extra edge.”

Edward Foster added: “It pushes you that little bit harder because your designs are being seen by industry professionals that you might end up working with in the future and you want to make a lasting impression.”

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Quality mark for B&FC computing degrees

Blackpool and The Fylde College has become the first FE college in the country to receive accreditation from the British Computer Society (BCS) for its computing honours degrees.

This prestigious status, usually only secured by universities, is a mark of assurance that industry employers are increasingly looking for when recruiting to IT posts.

Recognised at international level, the accreditation underlines the high academic standard of the degree programme itself, while for the graduate it also means automatic professional membership of BCS, an important part of the criteria for becoming a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

B&FC offers four computing degrees at foundation and honours level, all awarded by Lancaster University. BCS accreditation has been granted to Network Engineering (System Administration), Network Engineering (Cyber Security), plus Software Engineering and Game Development. The College is also in the process of applying for accreditation for Interactive Media Development.

Jaqui Scott, Head of the School of Computing at B&FC, said: “To become the first college to receive BCS accreditation at this level is an incredible achievement. The journey has taken two years of applications and inspections, but we now have official recognition that our computing degrees are among the best in the country.

“Most importantly accreditation will really make our graduates stand out when they enter the world of work.

“We’ve proved that we can provide higher education on a par with top universities and offer the best opportunities for our students to progress in their careers.”

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National recognition for student support

Blackpool and The Fylde College has earned a national award for its determination to make higher education accessible to all.

National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Awards

The College’s Flying Start programme, which offers bespoke sessions and mentoring to all prospective and new HE students, was commended at the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Awards 2016.

Placed in the top three in a shortlist of 50, the programme was recognised for its effectiveness in helping various groups of students with transition into a HE environment. The sessions, run by higher education learning mentors, are for all students but can include care leavers, people with disabilities and learning difficulties, adults returning to education after a long absence, in fact anyone who just wants that head start and to gain extra confidence as a result of attending.

A mix of individual and group sessions are available during the summer before courses start, or at induction, followed by ongoing mentoring throughout the year. Out of the 330 students who enrolled on the scheme for the current academic year, 93% are still on their original course.

Dr Judith Poole, Head of Student Support and Wellbeing at B&FC, said: “For many people embarking on higher education can be an exciting but daunting time requiring a whole new set of skills. By mentoring new and prospective students in areas such as time management, wellbeing skills and strategies, research and academic writing, we are removing many of the barriers that traditionally prevent them from applying.”

The College was presented with the NEON award at the Palace of Westminster by Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South and Shadow FE/HE Skills Minister, who also paid tribute to the work B&FC was doing in his opening address.

The award follows news that the College has also been chosen as the northwest’s regional training hub for Making Sense of Autism, a programme for anyone in a post-16 setting who would benefit from a better understanding of autism. The programme is run by the Autism Education Trust and supported by National Autistic Society, Department for Education and Ambitious About Autism.

Training courses offered by B&FC will range from basic awareness aimed at all  staff, or audit and planning sessions for leaders and management, up to a more detailed programme for practitioners and frontline staff.

The College beat off stiff competition to achieve this status and was eventually chosen for its track record, expertise and vision. A celebration of this award will take place on the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons in July.

Enquiries about the autism training can be made via AutismTraining@blackpool.ac.uk 

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Open Days at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Thinking about your future, a change of career, or going back into education? Call in to one of these open days and see what you could do! 

Saturday 24 September 2016 - Open Day - 10:30am - 2:00pm

Wednesday 5 October 2016 - Meet the Experts - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday 12 October 2016 - Fleetwood Nautical Campus - 12noon - 5:00pm

Wednesday 9 November 2016 - Open Day - 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Saturday 26 November 2016 - Christmas Fair - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday 7 December 2016, Meet the Experts, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday 11 January 2017, Meet the Experts, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday 1 February 2017, Meet the Experts, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday 1 March 2017, Open Day, 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday 3 May 2017, Meet the Experts, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday 10 June 2017, Open Day, 10:30am - 2:00pm

Begin your future career! Find out about what's on offer and get a feel for the college.

If you know someone who is interested in furthering their career prospects, ask them to come along. What could you do?

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Student News

Students from Blackpool and the Fylde College have gone on to do all kinds of amazing things in all kinds of areas of life. 

It could be you... find out who's been doing what in the Student News Roundup.

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Budding business brains

Three enterprising B&FC students have the opportunity to launch a useful new product on the market after wowing judges in a Dragons’ Den-style competition.

Photograph shows from left to right: Connor Taylor, Oran Scanlan and Scott Smith with their Pintpot prototype
Photograph shows from left to right: Connor Taylor, Oran Scanlan and Scott Smith with their Pintpot prototype

Oran Scanlan, Connor Taylor and Scott Smith are pioneering the Pintbox, a small locker for pub and club toilets where people can place their drinks to avoid both spillages and spiking.

The trio were among several groups of business studies students pitching to judges who included sponsors Santander and David Slater, Business Growth Manager from Blackpool Council.

Their reward includes a visit to Santander’s Incubator, a facility in Liverpool providing mentoring and support for start-up businesses, plus local support to get their enterprise off the ground.

Scott Smith said: “The experience has been really valuable and we have been given lots of advice on how to improve things, like changing the name so it appeals to both sexes. We’re are also looking at how we can sell advertising space on them to increase revenue.”

Sarah Lonergan, University Relationship Branch Manager for Santander, commented: “It was great seeing their commitment to the competition and also for us to see the up and coming talent of the future. I’m really pleased they all have the opportunity to visit the Incubator space and think this will grow them in their business journey.”

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B&FC Student All Set For Top Nanny School

A teenager from Lytham is destined for a career looking after the children of the rich and the famous – once he’s learned how to fend off kidnappers and control a car at high speeds.

Charles Lanzani wins a place at Norland Nanny School

Charles Lanzani has been offered a place at the elite Norland College, the internationally renowned nanny training school that supplies childcare to a long list of royals, celebrities and the world’s wealthiest families.

The 17-year-old is the first student from Blackpool and The Fylde College to apply, let alone be accepted, to this prestigious college, where graduates include Maria Borrallo, nanny to Prince George.

Charles is due to complete his Early Years Educators diploma this spring and then it’s off to Bath to join their three-year BA Hons programme. As well as learning practical skills such as sewing and cooking, Charles will also be expected to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism while wearing the very traditional Norland uniform.

Intriguingly he will also be trained in self-defence and skid panning. “Depending on whose children you look after, you might have to deal with kidnappers, or need to escape a chasing pack of paparazzi,” he explained. It’s certainly no run-of-the-mill job, but the level-headed youngster is far from star struck: “My ultimate goal is to find a family that I feel comfortable with, whoever they may be. I wanted to go to Norland simply because it’s the best in the country and it’s renowned all over the world for specialising in nannying.”

Charles is also un-phased about entering a world hugely dominated by females, in fact he is the only male student who has been offered a place on the course this year. “It’s the same at the Giggles nursery where I work in Lytham,” he said, “but I don’t notice. I’m just passionate about working with children. I feel a great sense of joy and fulfilment when I am working and this is something I’ve always wanted to do.

“My tutors at Blackpool and The Fylde College gave me the confidence to take the next steps and apply to Norland. It’s a real honour to have been accepted and I can’t wait to get started.”

College tutor Deborah Audin commented: “I am so proud of what Charles has achieved, all thanks to his on-going commitment and hard work. I’d welcome him back to college to talk to others about his experiences, in the hope he will be the first of many. The family who get him as a nanny will be extremely lucky.”

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B&FC Footballer Scores A Contract

Blackpool teenager Josh Kay has kicked started his professional football career by signing a contract with Barnsley.

Josh Kay, contract with Barnsley FC

The 19-year-old midfielder has been snapped up by the League One side less than six months after joining the AFC Fylde Academy at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

He broke into the first team in December for an FA Trophy game against Warrington Town and unbeknown to him he was also being watched by Barnsley scouts, who invited him to trials in January.

After making a good impression, a delighted Josh was given an 18-month contract and will begin training with his new team mates straight away.

He said: “I was pretty pleased with my performance at the trials and the manager came down to watch, which I was told very rarely happens. Afterwards he told me I’d done well, which gave me a bit more confidence.

“Barnsley seems a well–run club and I’m really looking forward to getting started. My initial goal is to have a few first team appearances by the time I’m 20 and then ultimately to play in the Premier League.”

Josh started kicking a ball at the age of four for South Shore Youth. He also had a spell at YMCA and turned out for Squires Gate FC in the North West Counties League.

He joined the AFC Fylde Academy in September 2015 and feels it was the making of him: “It really sharpened me up,” he said. “It’s the equivalent of playing full time football and I was being trained by the first team coaching staff which very few academies have. Facilities at the College are excellent – 4G pitches and a gym – plus lots of support. I don’t think I would have got this far without that quality.”

Brian Porter, Programme Leader at Blackpool and The Fylde College, commented “Josh has worked incredibly hard to pursue his goal of becoming a footballer. It’s fantastic to see that already Academy students are fulfilling their goals .We wish him every success in the future and hope he doesn’t forget about us when he’s playing for England.”

David Challinor, manager of AFC Fylde, added: “I am delighted for Josh. As a club and personally as a coach it's great reward for the time and effort we put in to see lads progress and develop, and hopefully others can follow his example.”

“It's great news for our academy programme and plain to see that we are providing a clear development pathway for young players. We have a good relationship with Barnsley, having sent two players there last season, and more and more football league clubs are present at all of our games as they know we are recruiting and developing good young players.”

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How to feed a family of four for £2.50 or less

A member of staff at Blackpool College is making a name for herself as the Budget Menu Queen.

Budget Menu Queen cookery book

Rebecca Inman published a book with the same name last year with the focus on cooking wholesome meals at a very low cost. What sets her recipes apart is that she costs each ingredient individually and lists the cheapest place to buy them at the time. Now she has a thriving Facebook following and her own website where new recipes are added regularly. Rebecca can help you to save pounds and eat healthily!

Follow Budget Menu Queen on Facebook and Budget Menu Queen website here

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Programmes – what we offer

Whether you’re seeking employment, promotion, a career change, progression to university or just wanting a new challenge, our vast range of programmes ensures there’s something for everyone.

We offer full and part-time vocational courses in everything from Advanced Engineering to Fashion and Costume along with Apprenticeships and higher education courses. We also offer courses for industry, courses for leisure and access courses for people looking for a new start in life.

Students at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Accolades – why we’re good

• We recently became the third general Further Education College in the UK to receive Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding across each of the main areas since a  new framework was put into place in September 2012

• We’ve been designated a National Beacon of Excellence by the government

• We've been judged by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) as fully meeting UK standards, with 2 out of the possible 3 additional areas judged as 'commended' and 11 areas of good practice being cited.

• We’re an Associate College of Lancaster University – ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide*

National Training Award winner two years running

• We’re a National Beacon Award winner – our latest win in 2010 was for working with a group of colleges to make more than £200,000 savings through smarter procurement

• We’ve been awarded the government standard for Customer Service Excellence

Achievement – helping students realise their potential

Whatever your circumstances and learning goals we’re committed to helping you achieve the best you can. Tutors offer ongoing support while our experienced student advisors can help with everything from money worries to choosing a career. We’ll encourage you to push the boundaries of your own potential by getting involved in enrichment activities and competitions, like WorldSkills UK.

Facilities – where you’ll be studying

As one of the UK’s largest colleges, we have excellent facilities for students. They include 4 main campuses located across the Fylde Coast, all of which have recently undergone or are currently undergoing major redevelopment to deliver state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. They are complemented by a host of cultural, sporting and recreational facilities.

Blackpool – a town on the up

Blackpool is already Europe’s most visited tourist resort, yet thanks to a multi-million pound programme of regeneration, its fortunes are set to rise even higher.

Exciting projects such as the contemporary new seafront and stunning town-centre piazza have re-injected the town with a dose of ‘urban chic’ not experienced since its Victorian hey-day. Even so, it’s still one of the most affordable places to live and work in the UK.

Continuous improvement

We’re committed to raising educational standards and aspirations not just locally but throughout the whole of the FE sector. We do this through initiatives such as the National Challenge Trust (where we contribute to quality improvement at local high schools) and the 157 Group (sharing best practice nationally to raise the quality of further education). We constantly review and update our curriculum and resource research projects designed to improve the student experience.

We’re looking forward to playing a key part in your journey towards success

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Open to Everyone

Many of the fantastic training facilities at Blackpool and the Fylde College are open to the public. By taking advantage of these facilities, you’ll be supporting local students as they train for their careers.

Many short courses are designed with the local community in mind. Whether you want to take up a new hobby, learn how to perfectly ice that cake or make some home improvements, there are community courses throughout the year to appeal to all interests.

Blackpool and the Fylde College Bispham Campus
Blackpool and the Fylde College Bispham Campus

Facilities for you to try...

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s training facilities are competitively priced but offer the same high standards of service you would expect. Look out for special offers, events and promotions throughout the year.

Why not try something new today?

  • The new Level 6 Restaurant, offering brasserie style dining and stunning views of the Fylde Coast, has just opened at the Bispham Campus
     
  • There’s a salon, The Hair and Beauty Project, boasting the latest treatments and technology including IPL hair removal and Crystal Clear facials in addition to traditional pampering treatments, hair and nail services
     
  • You can work out in Inspirations Gym which features cardio machines and a free weights area
     
  • 'Grab and Go' offers freshly baked bread and cakes as well as daily dinner specials which can be heated and enjoyed at home
     
  • The National Gaming Academy holds party nights and you can hire it privately, or they’ll bring a fun casino experience to your event
     
  • You can hire the brand new 4D all-weather pitch
     
  • At the University Centre, in central Blackpool, enjoy quality musicals and student productions at the Theatre or browse the latest exhibition at the Gallery
     
  • And of course there's a whole range of short community courses

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Start Something New

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s community courses can be a great way to learn something new, meet like-minded people or even turn a hobby into a career.

For the active there’s Ballroom Dancing, Keeping Fit or Introduction to Golf, while the creative can choose from Jewellery and Silver Smithing, Sewing or Dressmaking.

Prepare for your holiday with Spanish or Italian classes or rejuvenate your rooms with Soft Furnishings for the Home.

Whatever your passion, make this the year you turn your ambition into reality with Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Community courses start in September and take place at various venues on the Fylde Coast. 

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Inspirations Gym at Blackpool College

The state-of-the-art fitness suite at Blackpool and the Fylde College is open to members of the public along with college students and staff.

Inspirations Gym at Blackpool and the Fylde College

It features a range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, including the ARC TRAINER, the most up to date cross trainer on the market, a SMITH machine and a free weights area, TVs and audio entertainment equipment plus air conditioning also installed.

All new members receive an induction on how to work out effectively and safely. Fitness suite staff will also design you a personal fitness programme upon request. It's a friendly environment, where we welcome all ages and fitness levels.

Costs:

All new members pay a £15 introduction fee, which covers your membership for the first two months. After that, the costs are as follows:

members of the public – £15 per month
staff – £12.50 per month
students and senior citizens – £10 per month
all members - £3 per session
There is no contract involved and fees are paid on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Opening times:

The gym is open from 7.30am-9.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.00am-2.00pm on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Fitness classes and activities are included as part of your membership. Enjoy free entry to the following classes with exception to the Pilates class. Non members are welcome but must pay £3 per class.

FIGHT KLUB - Everybody is talking about it, this is a new combat phenomenon involving punching and kicking a free-standing punch bag to motivational, highly energetic music. Easy to follow suitable for all levels of fitness. Tuesday 4.30 to 5.30pm WARNING: Fight Klub is highly addictive
Spinning – This ultimate cycle workout will get you fit in no time – Just turn up, Mondays 5.00pm-6.00pm.
Pilates – Wednesdays 5.00pm-6.00pm, cost £4.50 or £20 for five sessions

Gymnastics – Saturday 10.00am-12 noon for 5 - 10 year old

For more information about any of our facilities and activities and/or to make a booking, please call the Sports Centre staff on 01253 590829. (Please mention this website) More details here

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First Class Food at Level 6

Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) has launched its new restaurant, Level 6, marking a new era for food on the Fylde Coast. The restaurant will help shape the future of food as it works with industry to train the next generation of chefs, sous chefs, hospitality staff and restaurant managers and owners.

Level 6 Restaurant at Blackpool and the Fylde College

The aptly named training restaurant, situated on the sixth floor of the College’s Bispham campus, has undergone a major transformation and now features a modern, sleek interior, fresh design and industry standard facilities as B&FC strives to ensure its students leave with the technical and employability skills required by industry.

Joanne Kershaw, Head of School for Hospitality, Tourism and Sport has overseen the changes. She said: “What’s great about the restaurant is that it’s aspirational. Students may enrol with us on a Level 1 course with no previous experience and start out in the training kitchens but ultimately they want to progress and work in Level 6 – the look, the name, the ambience is all centred around inspiring our students to succeed and reach the top.”

Open to Everyone - come and give it a try!

Level 6 is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10.30am for morning coffee.

Lunch orders are taken between 10.30am-1.00pm Tuesday-Thursday and dinner orders taken 5.45-7.15pm on Wednesdays.

To book, call 01253 504187 or email level6@blackpool.ac.uk(please mention that you saw it on this website)

More information about the Level 6 Restaurant here

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Prestigious Royal Award Presented to B&FC

Blackpool and The Fylde College received the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education on 25 February 2016.

Queens Anniversary Prize for Blackpool & the Fylde College
His Royal Highness meets the delegation from Blackpool and The Fylde College at Buckingham Palace

The elite award recognises the College’s innovative work in the field of higher technical and professional education in partnership with employers.

The College is one of only four general FE college winners and the only one in the North of England.

The Chair of Governors, the Principal and Chief Executive, and students were amongst those invited to Buckingham Palace to receive the award.

The prize, a silver gilt medallion and inscribed certificate, was presented by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

Blackpool and The Fylde College joined a distinguished list of universities and colleges to be recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The bespoke undergraduate trainee scheme created in 2007 provides a platform for the development and delivery of a graduate training scheme in Project Management for a number of leading businesses both regionally and nationally including Rolls Royce and BAE.

BAE Systems is one of the industry partners that co-created the programme. Bernard Kellett, of BAE Systems Military Air & Information, said the development of its Project Control Foundation Scheme (PCFS) had been the result of a partnership with the College.

The College works in partnership with employers to design and create programmes of technical and professional education and training. If you would like to discuss how this could have an impact in your business please call Neil Smith on 01253 504319.

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Blackpool Engineering Centre among the Best in the North West

The striking new Advanced Technology Centre at Blackpool and The Fylde College has been named as one of the best building projects in the northwest.

Advanced Technology Centre at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Having already secured a Blackpool Civic Trust award earlier this year, the cutting-edge centre made it to the final of the prestigious Local Authority Building Control (LABC) regional awards.

Innovative design and construction techniques, energy efficient materials and sound project teamwork were just a few of the criteria needed to be shortlisted for the Best Educational Building, and although the category was won by the University of Liverpool, the centre was awarded a highly commended certificate ahead of the other shortlisted projects.

The College has also learned that it will receive an International Green Apple Award for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage later this year.

Built by the John Turner Construction Group and opened in September 2015, the ATC is a pioneering learning environment created to produce highly skilled engineers.

Facilities include industry-standard technology, automotive workshops designed in line with the likes of AUDI, BMW and Porsche, a dyno facility, engine test cells for aerospace and engineering programmes, plus the latest computer aided design studio.

The building itself has been designed to be distinctive and yet reflect its campus surroundings, the ATC has strong geometrical elevations that appear to be cut from a template, resulting in a precision-engineered façade.

This is also a highly energy-efficient building with renewable technologies such as solar panels to help reduce the College’s carbon footprint, while sustainable materials were used throughout the construction.

John Pye, Director of Capital Projects at B&FC, said: “We knew the ATC was something special, both inside and out, but to have that recognised at regional level is a great achievement.

“We are determined to create a centre of excellence for advanced engineering, technology and energy solutions, so it’s fitting that we also have a building that reflects such high standards.”

John Clarke, Managing Director of John Turner Construction Group Ltd, added: “We are delighted that the ATC has made it to the finals of the LABC awards and won a Green Apple Award after having secured a Blackpool Civic Trust award earlier this year. We are very proud to have constructed this high profile building and to have closely involved many of the College students throughout the build period.’’

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Civic Trust Award for Flagship Engineering Centre

Blackpool and The Fylde College can now boast of an award-winning Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) – less than six months after opening its doors.

Blackpool College Advanced Technology Centre Civic Trust Award

This cutting-edge learning environment, created to produce highly-skilled and job-ready engineers, has been named Best New Build in this year’s Blackpool Civic Trust Awards.

The industry-standard facilities inside have been well documented since the official opening in October 2015, but it was the building itself that caught the eye of the Civic Trust judges.

Their criteria was a structure that improved the civic environment of Blackpool, taking into account design, aesthetic appeal, respect for the street scene, accessibility and landscaping.

Designed to be distinctive and yet reflect its campus surroundings, the ATC has strong geometrical elevations that appear to be cut from a template, resulting in a precision engineered façade.

The curved roof and frontage provide interest, complemented by high quality hard and soft landscaping which draw you towards the focal entrance.

This is a highly energy efficient building with renewable technologies such as solar panels to help reduce the College’s carbon footprint, while sustainable materials were used throughout the construction.

A wildflower area was also created to increase biodiversity in the area.

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Ground works start on new Marine Engineering Centre

Building work has started on a pioneering new learning centre at Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

Marine Engineering Centre Fleetwood Nautical Campus

The Marine Engineering Centre, due to open in September 2016, will provide a first-class and highly realistic working environment for cadets training as officers at sea.

Advanced facilities mirroring life on board ship mean students will be job-ready and highly skilled to meet the needs of the maritime industry.

The £1.2m project will also allow training to be delivered on a single campus for the first time. Huge growth in the number of students from all over the world choosing to study marine engineering at Fleetwood has meant the College having to lease teaching accommodation elsewhere in the town in recent years. And even this is now becoming unsustainable to meet demand.

In addition, the new building will complement the existing range of cutting edge facilities at Fleetwood, including a five-bridge ship simulator and a survival training tank.

Marine engineering centre building visual

Neil Atkinson, Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus, said: “With 95% of the UK’s imports and exports now transported by sea and the maritime industry worth up to £14bn a year to the economy, the country is crying out for suitability qualified marine engineers.

“By investing in a centre like this, Blackpool and The Fylde College is showing a real commitment to meeting this need and establishing itself as the training provider of choice for the maritime sector.

“Our plans have been received favourably by the shipping companies who have viewed them, which can only strengthen our position and encourage more investment into Lancashire.”

The Marine Engineering Centre has been part funded by a Growth Deal grant via the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership. Pinington Construction has been appointed as contractor.

Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, Director of the Lancashire Skills Hub, said: “We are pleased to fund the Marine Engineering Centre, which is part of a world-class maritime training facility attracting trainees from across the UK and beyond.

“By investing in what will be a new first-class training facility, the LEP is helping ensure that Fleetwood and Lancashire will continue to stay at the forefront of the UK and global maritime industry for years to come.”

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Lancashire Energy HQ moves a Step Closer

Blackpool and The Fylde College has appointed the main contractor for the construction of Lancashire Energy HQ. The move means the project moves a step closer following handover of the land.

Lancashire Energy HQ

Manchester-based Bardsley Construction will oversee construction of the £9.8million project, due to be completed in the autumn of 2107.

Lancashire Energy HQ will provide a cutting edge training centre, delivering the specialist technical and professional skills required by industry. The centre will focus on all types of energy production including offshore, renewable and low carbon, with courses and training aligned to future industry needs and labour requirements. It will be sited at the newly formed Blackpool Enterprise Zone and it is hoped the flagship development will be a catalyst for further investment in the area.

Daryl Platt, Executive Director of Commercial Development at Blackpool and The Fylde College, welcomed the announcement: “The project represents significant investment in the region by the College and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, who are providing £6.2 million of Growth Deal funding towards the cost. I’m pleased that we are now in a position where work can begin imminently and we can continue to drive investment.

“We are looking forward to working with Bardsley Construction, who will bring a great deal of experience and technical expertise to the project.”

Ged Rooney, procurement director at Bardsley Construction, said: “We are immensely proud to be involved in the delivery of the new Lancashire Energy HQ, and our experience over many years in the provision of new facilities for FE colleges throughout the North West, the Midlands and Yorkshire will be invaluable as we work closely with the College to deliver this complex project.

“The winning of this contract is further evidence of Bardsley continuing to benefit from its hard-earned reputation for working effectively with the public sector via partnerships with education bodies, local authorities, housing associations and health authorities.”

The College has now officially purchased the land within the Enterprise Zone from Blackpool Airport, after planning permission for Lancashire Energy HQ was granted last month. Chris Formby, Blackpool Airport Manager said:

“We are delighted the land is being put to such good use to help create the next generation of expert energy engineers. We hope this new development will act as a catalyst for further investment within the new Enterprise Zone which will both sustain the airport into the future and drive further investment in the area to support local communities.”



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