New £11.4 million training centre opens in Longton

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The CoRe training centre

The CoRe training centre

By Elena Georgieva: A new £11.4million training centre industrial training has been officially opened in Longton.

The ribbon was cut on the CoRe (Centre of Refurbishment Excellece) site on Chelsea Street by Andrew Stunnell MP.

From January, the centre will train students in the skills needed to build greener homes.

The national education centre will host courses and tutorials in areas such as solar panels and ground source heat pumps.

Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The education building at CoRe will provide a first class facility for training in refurbishment skills.

“The project is firmly putting our city on the map as the national and international focus for technological advances in the industry.”

The new centre has been built in partnership between the Building Research Establishment, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Stoke-on-Trent College.

Sarah Robinson, principle of Stoke-on-Trent College, added: “CoRe will be a huge boost to our work to train the skilled technicians and apprentices for the building trade.”

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Ross Hawkes is a senior lecturer at Staffordshire University.

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