College to expand into Pinchbeck site

Planned teaching base: The industrial unit on Cresswell Close, Pinchbeck, where the college aims to teach courses including motor mechanics. Photo: SG070611-70MD
Planned teaching base: The industrial unit on Cresswell Close, Pinchbeck, where the college aims to teach courses including motor mechanics. Photo: SG070611-70MD
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BOSTON College has unveiled plans to expand courses on a new site for Spalding students only two months after it opened teaching spaces and a training restaurant in the Red Lion Quarter.

The college is poised to lease a former storage and distribution building on the Enterprise Way industrial estate at Pinchbeck to cater for up to 100 students.

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School leavers can learn motor vehicle maintenance, brickwork, woodwork, combined plumbing and electrical work or opt for a new painting and decorating course.

If planning consent is given for a change of use of the Creswell Close unit – owned by Broadgate Builders (Spalding) Ltd – courses will be up and running by September.

A decision on planning consent is expected from South Holland District Council by July 27.

Boston College commercial manager Mark Emmerson said the college re-branded its Spalding-based training as ‘South Lincolnshire College’ to underpin its commitment to this area. He said a wider range of courses will benefit more students and young people can learn on their doorstep.

John Gilchrist, the college’s curriculum leader for construction and engineering, said painting and decorating is an entirely new course and it’s not currently taught at Boston site.

He said: “This really is a great opportunity for school leavers who live locally and it means they won’t have to travel far to receive level one training.”

The courses are accredited by national bodies and there will be opportunities for students to take higher level qualifications.

Mr Emmerson said if enough of the Spalding learners opt for higher levels, those higher levels might be taught in Spalding.

The planning application states: “Local schools will be offered the opportunity to broaden their curriculum opportunities locally and take advantage of open days.

“Longer term the vision is to develop the offer to include level two full-time provision and part-time provision for adult learners, including evening provision with a leisure learning focus.”

Mr Gilchrist said the college is already working with Gleed Boys’ School to expand learning opportunities.

The college is one of the users of Red Lion Quarter and it held open house on Tuesday so potential students could find out about courses on offer and try their hand at skills such as changing a wheel and wallpaper hanging.

College deputy principal John Rees said: “I have had nothing but positive feedback about the excellence of the building. It’s a very professional and exciting learning environment.”

l The college will hold a free breakfast event for local employers at Red Lion Quarter from 7.30am to 9am on Thursday, June 16. Employers will find out how they can develop their employees’ skills, promote their own businesses and learn about the college’s new recruitment service. Places can be booked in 01205 313240 or marketing@boston.ac.uk