Oaklands College has opened its new learning centre in Borehamwood with the help of over £210k Local Growth Fund investment from Hertfordshire LEP, adding to established sites in St Albans and Welwyn Garden City.

Pictured above: Hertfordshire LEP Operations Director Norman Jennings with Oaklands College Principal and CEO Zoe Hancock.

Courses offered include Business, Construction, Health & Social Care, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Adult Short Courses.

Hertfordshire LEP has invested over £210k from the Local Growth Fund towards the fit-out of the learning centre, which includes a state-of the art construction workshop, to help tackle skills gaps identified by local businesses and YC Hertfordshire – Hertfordshire County Council’s youth support programme.

Adrian Hawkins, Deputy Chair of Hertfordshire LEP, said: “We are working to ensure Hertfordshire businesses have access to the skilled and capable workforce they need in order to grow. With the help of our £210k investment, the new Oaklands College Borehamwood facility will deliver essential courses to tackle the recruitment challenges faced by growing sectors including construction and care.”

Principal Zoe Hancock said: “This is an exciting opportunity to put Oaklands College back into the heart of the Borehamwood community and to help even more students reach their full potential. We look forward to welcoming students to our new learning centre.”

The learning centre is housed on the ground floor of a four-storey building in Elstree Way, with 13 residential units occupying the remaining three floors, a number of which will be occupied as social housing. Oaklands College partnered with Taylor Wimpey to deliver these units, which were brought to market in March 2019 and include affordable housing in association with Paradigm Housing Group.

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