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New academy announced to help students

Lincolnshire is set to reap the benefits of a specialised academy targeting the region’s skills set, following the announcement yesterday of a new vocational centre.

The “Skills Academy: Skegness”, is a joint initiative combining the talents of the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, and Boston College, designed to bring a wider range of skills to the north-eastern coast of Britain.

Grimsby Institute Principal Daniel Khan commented on the launch: “The Grimsby Institute and Boston College bring a track record of excellence in the subjects we have on offer”.

Situated in Skegness town centre and taking the former job centre as its residence, the new academy will offer vocational courses in a multitude of subjects, including Art and Media, Travel and Tourism, Sport and Fitness, Retail, Business, Teaching, Counselling, Childcare, Health and Social Care, Hairdressing and Beauty, and Skills for Life.

Speaking ahead of its October launch, Mr Khan added: “The Skills Academy will be a vibrant and exciting centre where people can come and learn in a friendly atmosphere that’s right on their doorstep. New skills mean improved employment prospects and earning potential, which will bring great benefits to Skegness”.

And Boston College Principal, Sue Daley, was equally upbeat about the forthcoming centre: “We are very excited to be working so closely with the Grimsby Institute on this venture and have long wanted the chance to bring new opportunities to the Skegness area. The centre is due to open mid-October and we”d like to encourage people to get in touch as soon as possible to express an interest in learning with us”.

Vijay Pattni.

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