Students at the South Bristol Skills Academy had the chance to show off their skills to Metro Mayor Dan Norris as he visited the venue alongside MP Karen Smith and outlined his plans to motor forward to expand opportunities. 

The Metro Mayor got hands-on as he joined the students learning how to service cars and vans in the Academy’s modern vehicle maintenance facilities. The academy is part of the City of Bristol College and is hoping to introduce training for young people to also be able to maintain and support the new electric vehicles of the future as the public increasingly move away from combustion-engined cars in the coming years.

City of Bristol College has recently received £6million investment from the West of England Combined Authority, which the Mayor leads, so they can expand to deliver more courses for young people in bricklaying, carpentry and construction.

Mayor Norris got a sneak preview of the new state-of-the-art facility which is being built. The Advanced Construction Skills Centre is due to open this Autumn.

 “Skilling up local people so they can be the engine for our region’s recovery is vital,” said Mayor Norris. “It was a pleasure to meet our future mechanics and people who will be working in car maintenance. You never want a break-down but it’s clear these students are getting the practical know-how to get you back on the road. I was also delighted to hear about future plans so we will have local people with the skills we need to build the homes and infrastructure we desperately need in Bristol and other local cities, towns and villages.”

Richard Harris, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive of City of Bristol College, added, “The Advanced Construction Skills Centre will provide skills training so that learners from across Bristol can make the most of new employment opportunities, offering modern facilities where people can train in all areas of construction in order to develop the skilled workforce that employers will need.”