The re-location of commercial facing functions of the local college to the town centre will offer industry specific training with an emphasis on digital subjects and the establishment of a training restaurant. This will improve the digital skills base, create a new training opportunity and support a GVA skills uplift of £13.4m over 10 years.
The project establishes a prestigious, town centre based Digital Skills & Innovation Centre (DS&IC), offering an accessible route to a progressive portfolio of training programmes of knowledge, skills and behaviours, to propel individual professional success and equip Nuneaton with a skilled workforce, entrepreneurs driving productivity and ongoing Covid recovery support, whilst enhancing economic growth.
Provided by North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College (NW&SLC) the project will provide increased capacity and compliment the provision at the College site on Hinckley Road.
The DS&IC will be accommodated in a new 1,437 sqm, three storey building, situated within a prominent position in the Abbey Street development overlooking the new public space. The new building provides accommodation for a Restaurant, Bistro, College Shop, Training Kitchen, Pastry Kitchen, Digital Skills Hub, shared workspace, workshop and classrooms.
The Centre will support the following skills training and public facing facilities:
The construction phase of the project will be managed by Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough as part of Phase 2 of the Transforming Nuneaton Abbey Street Regeneration Scheme.
Funding: Total project cost £8,318,152. The construction of the DS&IC building is to be funded from an allocation of £7,832,152 from the Towns Fund with co-funding from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
It is anticipated that construction work will commence in Autumn 2022 with the centre opening Easter 2024.