Great Future for Kidderminster Businesses
22nd November 2011
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Great Future for Kidderminster Businesses!

Kidderminster is undergoing massive investment which can only mean good news for local business owners.

Just one of these is the news that the wonderful, historic piano building situated in Weavers Wharf will finally have some life breathed into it.

This unique building which was built in 1867 by Brintons became listed in February 2003, after an application by the Civic Society who were responsible for saving this building from demolition.

From September 2012 this building is now going to become home to up to a 1000 students in the brand new academy.

Birmingham Metropolitan College and Kidderminster College have announced their intention to work together to open a new academy in Kidderminster to provide education and training opportunities to young people and support local businesses.

Speaking at Wyre Forest District Council’s ReWyre Conference, representatives from both Colleges confirmed that the Academy would broaden education choices for young people while addressing local skill shortages at a time when the Wyre Forest area is undergoing major plans for regeneration.

Principal and Chief Executive of Birmingham Metropolitan College, Dr Christine Braddock CBE commented: “We welcome the opportunity to work with a college that is as passionate as we are about providing relevant skills training for young people in vibrant learning spaces.

“The Academy will give 16-18 year-olds access to unique learning opportunities that have not before been available to them locally.  This in turn will enable them to play their part in maximising the economic potential of the Wyre Forest area, particularly in the enterprise, hospitality and catering sectors.”

Andy Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive of Kidderminster College added: “This exciting new institution will use the shared expertise of both colleges while bringing a new creative and innovative curriculum to Kidderminster. The facilities will be truly outstanding and will provide a huge creative and cultural boost to the area, which will benefit students, the local community, new media entrepreneurs and local businesses.” 

The proposed curriculum will include computer games development, fashion design and retail, 3D animation and electronics.  Food Preparation and hospitality courses will also be supported by on-site amenities including a cafeteria/bistro outlet.

The Academy at Kidderminster will hold an Open Event at The Piano Building on Saturday 10 December from 12pm-4pm.




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