Construction students at Tameside College started 2022 in new surroundings moved in to a purpose built Construction Skills Centre in January.

New Construction Skills Centre

The £12m investment sits at the heart of the Beaufort Road campus and is the latest addition to the college’s estate portfolio.

The college’s ambition to develop the best further education learning environment in Greater Manchester began with the opening of Clarendon Sixth Form College, as part of the Vision Tameside project, in 2015.

The Vision Tameside partnership with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) progressed with the development of the towering Advanced Technologies Centre (2016) at the Beaufort Road campus followed by Tameside One, Ashton-under-Lyne town centre in 2018. 

The college is now pursuing a plan to redevelop the remainder of the Beaufort campus by modernising existing buildings and redeveloping the site to meet the growing skill needs of employers and the Greater Manchester economy. Funding bids have been submitted as Tameside College works to completing its vision as offering the best further education campus in the north west of England.

Clarendon Sixth Form College (opened in 2015)

The campus was opened in Ashton-under-Lyne town centre to improve travel connections for students and regenerate the town centre. As a sixth form college this campus offers A-levels

The redevelopment of the bus terminus and arrival of the tram system has proved popular to students who travel from within and from outside Tameside to Clarendon Sixth Form College.

Advanced Technologies Centre (2016)

This centre was built in response to the changing needs and growing demand from employers for students with science, technology, engineering and science (Stem) qualifications.

Packed with a range of state of the art equipment including: computer aided design, robotics, and tooling the Advanced Technologies Centre has enabled Tameside College to develop training and education options to help employers fill skill gaps in the Stem sectors.

Tameside One (2019)

Tameside One was opened in Ashton-under-Lyne by Tameside MBC to deliver shared service to the Tameside public.  Tameside College also opened its doors in the building to deliver many of its service sector courses from the site. A new restaurant, bakery, hair and beauty salons were opened to develop students’ skills with the public. The Tameside One campus is also home to: business studies, computing, travel and tourism.

Construction Skills Centre (2021)

The Construction Skills Centre was designed to ensure that the construction sector could develop its workforce through apprenticeships and other opportunities. The new building has specialist facilities for joinery, carpentry, painting and decorating, electrical installation and gas engineering

The latest addition to estate portfolio has transformed the layout of Beaufort Road as older buildings (from 1960s) were demolished to make way for the new arrival.

The future

Work is currently underway to install mock hospital ward for students learning skills for the health and care sectors. Other plans include: a new automotive centre with an emphasis on green engineering, revamped brickwork and plumbing workshops.