£2m centre to hone students' skills
A NEW £2million skills centre for Newton Abbot and the Teign Valley has been officially opened.
Cllr Jerry Brook, chairman of Devon County Council, did the honours at the Brunel Centre, on the Brunel industrial estate.
He was watched by students as he cut the ribbon.
It is run jointly by the three secondary schools serving the area — Teign School, Coombeshead Academy and Newton Abbot College and has been funded by the county council and Teignbridge District Council.
There are a range of vocational training areas on offer in construction and a fully functioning training kitchen and restaurant for the catering students.
The restaurant is to open to the public to give the students hands-on experience.
Fifty local young people have already started their courses at the Brunel Centre.
Vyv Game, the development director of the Templer Academy Schools Trust, has been leading on the project for the schools. He said: "This is a fabulous building with excellent facilities which demonstrates how much the three schools in Newton Abbot value their students. This centre adds to the vocational provision offered by the three schools under the TQ12 banner.
"We are now looking for the funding to complete phase two on the site."