Plans submitted for learning centre
March 14, 2013
Plans have been submitted for a learning centre to help train young people for work.
The Skills and Enterprise Centre, known as Aspire, will cater for 14 to 16-year-olds and older teenagers at risk of becoming a NEET – not in education, employment or training.
If Wokingham Borough Council approves the plans, it is hoped the centre will open at IQ Winnersh business park in September.
Councillor Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services, said: “This is an exciting and unique scheme to help those of our young people in the Wokingham borough at risk of dropping out of school, work or training.
“Working in close partnership with local businesses, schools, and Bracknell & Wokingham College, Aspire wants to give these 14 to 16-year-olds essential job and life skills, as well as qualifications.
“It’s about raising their aspirations and improving their employment prospects, by giving them the chance to experience learning in an inspirational environment.
“The building will be fitted out so it has an innovative workplace feel, with cutting edge technology and space for dance and drama.”
The council is working with Wokingham Federation of Secondary Schools and IQ Winnersh owner SEGRO, which already runs Slough Aspire. The centre will also be available for community use during evenings and weekends, and groups have already made enquiries.
The planning application is for change of use from a current office/warehouse building and includes a proposal to install a mezzanine floor, fire escape, bike shed, first floor windows and entrance door.
The application is due to be determined in the spring.