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Tameside College hosts residents evening for new build

Posted on: December 21st, 2016

Tameside College hosted a residents evening in their on-site restaurant, Reflections to give people living locally to the college more information about the Advanced Technologies Centre, which opened in September this year.

The new centre completes the first phase of the college’s, ‘Vision Tameside’ plan and is integral to developing apprenticeships and Higher Education in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to support increased demand for higher level skills in the engineering sector within Greater Manchester.

During the evening, guests sampled delicious canapés made by food studies students whilst enjoying a presentation about the Advanced Technologies Centre and future ‘Vision Tameside’ plans and then a tour.

Jackie Moores, Principal at Tameside College, said: “The Advanced Technologies Centre offers state-of-the-art training and education facilities as part of the, ‘Vision Tameside’ strategy with our partner Tameside Council. It provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop the best educational estate in Greater Manchester for our learners. We have worked in partnership with employers from the engineering, computing and finance sectors to ensure the curriculum and high specification technical equipment meets the future skills needs in Greater Manchester, in line with the GM Combined Authority, ‘Work & Skills Priorities’. This enables our current and future students to access the very best jobs and apprenticeships available. It’s an amazing building to study, train and work in.”

Advanced Technologies Centre - Opened September 2016

Advanced Technologies Centre – Opened September 2016

Art to arrive at Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne)

Posted on: December 16th, 2016

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has appointed artist Michael Condron to create and install artwork at the new Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne).

Michael has a proven track record of delivering this kind of project. He graduated from St. Martin’s College in 1995, and his first piece of public art, The Martian, was installed shortly afterwards. He has since completed a number of major commissions in diverse settings and specialises in larger-than-life sculptures.

Commenting on his appointment, Michael said: “I am excited to begin work on this commission.  Public art can express community values and enhance an environment.

“My initial proposal for this commission, which I presented during the selection process, was based on feedback I gained from people in Tameside. I plan to work with local people to design a piece of public art that will reflect the area’s heritage.”

Michael, supported by ArtReach consultants, has also been successful in securing Heritage Lottery funding, which aims to preserve the nation’s heritage and make it more accessible to people.

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Peter Robinson, who sits on the TfGM Committee, said: “Michael will work with the local community – from school children to community groups – to deliver a fantastic piece of art for Tameside Interchange, creating a highly engaging and welcoming transport environment.

“The improved interchange is being developed to encourage more people to travel to, from and within Tameside to access jobs, learning and leisure. This supports Tameside Council’s long-term strategy, which is to build greater economic prosperity and transform learning and skills in the borough.”

Once completed, the new interchange will have improved facilities, including a covered concourse and seated waiting area, a ticket and information outlet, retail facilities and a café.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “State-of-the-art facilities at the new interchange will encourage more local people to use public transport, and Michael’s artwork will be a great addition to it – it will be there for everyone to enjoy.”

Planning permission for the interchange was granted earlier this year and work is due to start in 2017. Delivered by TfGM, funding for Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne) is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme with additional support from Heritage Lottery funding.

If you want to get involved in future events and engagement regarding the art work and local heritage, email

Tameside’s vision set in steel

Posted on: December 6th, 2016

CONSTRUCTION of Tameside’s joint public service centre formally began today (Tuesday 6 December), with a steel-signing ceremony at the central Ashton site.

The building, which Tameside Council will share with Tameside College is the culmination of the Vision Tameside project and replaces TAC, the authority’s demolished administrative complex.

Tameside Council’s executive leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn, attended the ceremony at which he, Tameside College principal Jackie Moores, and college governors John Lyne and Joan Ryan wrote commemorative messages on a steel beam.

Cllr Quinn said: “The deteriorating condition of the old TAC complex, which was quickly built 35 years ago, meant it was increasingly expensive to operate. It would have cost around £4 million to bring up to standard, and it had become far too big for the number of staff we now employ.

“It was simply not fit for purpose in the context of modern working practices and council service delivery.

“Our new centre, which we will share with Tameside College, will be much cheaper to maintain. When you add in consolidation and the reuse of other buildings, it will save us almost £55 million over the next 30 years. It’s a 21st century building for a 21st century authority.”

Jackie Moores added: “After the new Clarendon College, and the advanced technologies centre at Beaufort Road, we are really looking forward to the completion of the joint public service centre which Tameside College will share with the council.

“All three buildings will offer exciting opportunities for students from all parts of the borough to study courses in state-of-the-art facilities.”

The installation of 473 reinforced concrete piles began several weeks ago. The beam that was signed is part of a steel frame weighing 1,500 tonnes. TAC’s foundations have been crushed to form a platform for the piling rig, and as a formation level for the building work. This saves on material costs and reduces vehicle movements.

At around 22 metres (72ft) the new centre will be roughly the same height as TAC and a little taller than the neighbouring Victorian town hall and water board building. However, it will be significantly smaller in terms of space, and will be energy efficient. Solar panels are an integral feature of the roof.

Clarendon College, phase one of the Vision Tameside project, opened in the autumn of 2015 and the advanced technologies centre at Tameside College’s Beaufort Road campus, is now accepting its first students.

The new joint service centre – the second phase – will be open in 2018.


New build project offers work experience to students

Posted on: November 16th, 2016

Tameside College Construction and Building Services students are being given the opportunity to carry out work experience on the site of the new Tameside College building in Ashton town centre.

The first phase of the work experience with Carillion, will see general construction students, Lewis Marsden, Jake Watson and Connor Jackson complete a range of ground work, in preparation for the build to begin.

During the course of the build, a number of students will take part in the project in areas including: scaffolding, electrical installation, plumbing, tiling, decorators and more. Each student will complete two weeks’ work experience.

The new campus, which is part of the Vision Tameside project, will be a joint service centre owned by Tameside College and Tameside Council.  It will house service sector industries from the college, including: hair and beauty and bakery and catering.

Carl Shaw, curriculum leader for construction and building services at Tameside College, said: “It is great that our students get to work alongside some of the most experienced trades people and work on site with Carillion during the first stage of the college’s new building. We always encourage students to take part in opportunities like this one as it is good for their CV. We also work with a range of companies to offer different experiences to our students and are always looking for companies to support our work experience programme.”

If you would like to offer any students from Tameside College work experience, contact the college for more information 0161 908 6600.

Students celebrate opening of new technologies centre

Posted on: October 14th, 2016
Students at Tameside College are settling in to their brand new Advanced Technologies Centre which opened its doors in September. The new building at the college’s Beaufort Road site completes the first phase of the ‘Vision Tameside’ plan.

The Advanced Technologies Centre is key to the college’s plan to develop apprenticeships and higher education in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). With two thirds of advanced manufacturing employers concentrated in south and east Manchester, the new centre will support increased demand for higher level skills in the engineering sector and the additional 170,000 people needed to contribute an extra £27 billion to the UK economy every year from 2022.

Jackie Moores, Principal at Tameside College, said: “The Advanced Technologies Centre offers state-of-the-art training and education facilities as part of the Vision Tameside strategy with our partner Tameside Council. It provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop the best educational estate in Greater Manchester for our learners. We have worked in partnership with employers from the engineering, computing and finance sectors to ensure the curriculum and high specification technical equipment meets the future skills needs in Greater Manchester, in line with the GM Combined Authority, ‘Work & Skills Priorities’. This enables our current and future students to access the very best jobs and apprenticeships available. It’s an amazing building to study, train and work in.”

The Advanced Technologies Centre accommodates a range of specialisms including: electronics, engineering, science, hydraulics, computer coding, medical and forensic laboratories.  The new site follows the opening of Clarendon Sixth Form College last October, in Ashton-under-Lyne, to complete the first phase of the ‘Vision Tameside’ plan. Built by Kier and designed by IBI Taylor and Young, the Advanced Technologies Centre has been constructed following a £10.5 million investment into the education facilities in Tameside.

Daniel Hullock, a HND Computing student at Tameside College and former Copley Academy student, said: “I really like the new building. It has a great atmosphere and is a lovely building to work in. It’s nice that each subject area have their own dedicated space or floor which has the latest equipment making learning a more motivating experience.”

Isha Ahmed, a level 3 Engineering student at Tameside College and a former New Charter Academy student who has progressed from level 2 engineering into the new build, said: “The new building is amazing. It has a really social vibe to it with all the break out areas and it’s great to have so much space for each area so you can share ideas with likeminded people. Thanks to the support of my teachers helping me progress to level 3, I want to go to the University of Salford and study engineering further.”

It’s not only students that are excited about the opening, staff are also pleased about the new facilities and what it means for the future of their students. Chris Thompson, engineering teacher at Tameside College, said: “There is no other college in the area that is investing into STEM like Tameside College is, which is what makes coming here a great learning experience. Future generations coming to the college will have a bright new building to study engineering in and state-of-the-art equipment to learn with, which will significantly help them progress into university and industry.”

For more information on the course offering at the Advanced Technologies Centre please call Tameside College on: 0161 908 6789 or click here.

Advanced Technologies Centre

Advanced Technologies Centre

Vision Tameside Phase 2: M&E Meet The Buyer – One to One Meeting Day

Posted on: August 19th, 2016

As part of Vision Tameside Phase 2 (VTP2) we will be holding a M&E ‘Meet the Buyer’ – One to One Meeting Day, for the first packages of work to be procured on the VTP2 project, in Ashton Market Hall on 2nd September.

If your business is capable of delivering one or more of the M&E packages, and are interested in bidding, you will be able to meet with the buyer to discuss your capabilities and their requirements. Meeting slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The packages available in this round of procurement are listed in the registration information which can be found by following this link:

As part of the meeting you will be asked to complete a short form about your business and return this by 12 noon 30th August. Following this meeting (within 1-2 weeks), you will receive feedback from the buyer, and will be notified of whether you have been shortlisted, to receive an invitation to tender.

If you want to register your interest but are unable to attend one of the time slots available, please sign up to our waiting list. We will let you know if a slot becomes available, or if a new date is added due to significant demand.

To sign up visit:


Students add finishing touches to new build

Posted on: June 9th, 2016

Construction students from Tameside College had the exciting opportunity to work on the new Advanced Technologies Centre based at the Beaufort Road site with construction firm, Kier.

Students from an array of construction trades including: joinery and carpentry, plumbing, painting and decorating, bricklaying and electrical joined the Kier workforce to assist in the final stage of the building’s construction.

Phil Jones, Construction Project Manager at Kier, said: “Construction is a big industry that is always seeking fresh talent like these students from Tameside College. We have never conducted work experience on this scale before so we’re really pleased with the positive response from the workers onsite. They have really enjoyed being mentors to the students and helping them gain hands-on experience on a real-life construction site. These students are going to be our employees of the future so this sort of work experience is so important for their future career prospects.”

A celebration was held at the new Advanced Technologies Centre to commemorate the success of the work experience project. Level 2 carpentry student, Brandon Williams was chosen as the best work experience learner for his hard-working attitude and talent he showcased in his woodwork. With some encouraging words from the Project Manager, Brandon accepted his prize; choosing his own box of specialist tools to further hone his craft.

Brandon, a former Glossopdale Community College student said: “It has been an amazing experience working with Kier on Tameside College’s new build. I didn’t know what to expect when I first came onsite but the workers made us all feel welcome. I really enjoyed my time on the work placement as it has boosted my confidence and now I feel that I’m more determined than ever to pursue a career in carpentry.”

Gail Clifford, Work Experience Manager at Tameside College who set up the student work experience with Kier, said: “The students have done exceptionally well, conducting themselves professionally throughout their work experience, whether it was for a day or two weeks and we’re really proud of them. Work experience plays a key role when student’s finish college as it sets them apart in the working world and makes them more well- rounded candidates in the application process.”

Latest Construction Newsletter

Posted on: May 18th, 2016

The latest edition of our ‘Construction Update – Demolition Phase’ newsletter is now available to download and read. We’ll keep you updated with progress via this website throughout the duration of the demolition and construction of the new build.
VT Construction Newsletter 2

Take a look at the new Joint Public Service Centre & Advanced Skills Centre

Posted on: May 11th, 2016

In partnership with Ryder Architecture, a series of interactive images have been created to enable you to get a better idea of how the new building will look when constructed. To view these interactive images you can either scan the QR codes below on your smartphone or click on the weblinks.

Deck Level
Deck Level

Market Square
Market Square

North Elevation
North Elevation

North End
North End

Clarendon Sixth Form College Official Opening

Posted on: March 7th, 2016

Clarendon Sixth Form College in Ashton-under-Lyne will be officially opened this week.  The brand new campus will be opened by Coronation Street star, Brooke Vincent, on Wednesday 9th March.

Clarendon Sixth Form College opened its doors to students in September 2015 and is a key element of the Vision Tameside project which aims to regenerate the borough.  The £10 million building offers a wide range of A-levels and creative courses to help teenagers progress on to university and in to employment.  The centre boasts a range of facilities that include: drama studios; photography studios; science facilities; and a 200 seat theatre. The theatre will be named in Brooke’s honour during the opening.

Cllr Kieran Quinn, The executive leader of Tameside Council, said: “A new college is one of the best investments Tameside Council can make. Clarendon provides first-class facilities for our young people to study and enables them to skill-up and get the knowledge and training they need to be successful.

“It’s been well reported that GCSE results in Tameside have improved significantly this year. The new Clarendon College is another fantastic place for our young people to continue their education without having to leave the borough.”

Brooke Vincent plays the role of Sophie Webster in Coronation Street and is a regular in the show following her first appearance in May 2004.   Her portrayal of the character has received many plaudits for promoting gay and lesbian relationships.  In 2010 Brooke was part of the Coronation Street team that won the Broadcast of the Year at the Stonewall Awards for its storyline of a lesbian relationship.

Brooke attended Fairfield High School for Girls and studied drama at a further education college in Manchester.  She first appeared on television, aged 10 years old, in the cult comedy A League of Gentleman.  Brooke writes a weekly fashion and makeup blog for a national magazine and is a guest presenter on Key 103 breakfast show.  With over half a million twitter followers Brooke is able to identify with a diverse range of audiences.

Jackie Moores, principal, Clarendon Sixth Form College said: ‘I am very proud to welcome Brooke to open Clarendon Sixth Form College. She has set a great example to all of us.   Her hard working and determined attitude shows us that anything is achievable if we try hard enough.  She is a powerful role model for the LGBT community and her acting career has helped develop greater awareness about diversity and inclusion.  Brooke’s visit will be a good opportunity for students to learn more about how she has developed her interests into career opportunities’.

The official opening of Clarendon Sixth Form College, Wednesday 9th March, 2pm to 4pm.