Constructing the future with the JCB academy
We’re undertaking an exciting project to create a brand-new apprentice training centre at The JCB Academy in Staffordshire.
An innovative school for students with a keen interest in engineering and business, The JCB Academy aims to develop engineers and business leaders of the future by turning learning into practice. The £1.2 million investment in the new Apprentice Training Centre on the site of the former Dove First School in Rocester, is a vital development as the academy’s apprenticeship programme continues to expand.
The 15 week project, which is due to complete in late May, will see us construct a new 687sqm state-of-the-art facility to train the apprentices of tomorrow in a range of disciplines. Our team will completely refurbish the existing single-storey school building, remodelling it to create a new internal layout, designed to meet the requirements of a modern learning environment.
In addition to the large-scale interior refurbishment, we will also build an entirely new section to the front elevation. This will extend the footprint of the existing building and create a striking new entranceway as well as social space for students to relax during downtime.
Director of Apprenticeship Programmes at The JCB Academy, Jim Bailey, said: “The JCB Academy is delighted to be in a position to further enhance the apprentice programme with the development of this fantastic facility. The training centre will add to the outstanding facilities that we have already at the academy and will house some of the latest equipment and technology, enabling our apprentices and students to further develop their understanding of metrology, systems and mechatronics.”
Alan Nixon, one of our directors commented: “At Novus, our tradespeople are equally well equipped to undertake refurbishment or new build works, which allows us to undertake complex projects like this which involve several different elements.
“We understand the importance of equipping the next generation of apprentices with the skills they need to succeed, as apprenticeships have always formed an integral part of our business. So we were only too happy to be able to assist The JCB Academy with this project.”
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