As part of the fourth Annual Wolverhampton Business Week held recently, the University of Wolverhampton offered local employers the opportunity to hop on a brewery tour.
The University partnered with City of Wolverhampton Council, the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) and the West Midlands Construction University Technical College (WMCUTC) to offer businesses a guided tour of the £100 million Springfield Campus Construction centre of excellence.
42 delegates attended including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), McAuliffe Civil Engineering, Dudley Council, Dunton Environmental alongside partners from City of Wolverhampton Council.
Professor Mohammed Arif, Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University, said: “As well as a guided tour of the redevelopment project, visitors were given an introduction to the new Construction Technical College and got a glimpse of the new Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills Hub.
“Our aim through the tour was to promote Architecture and Built Environment as a skill based profession. I think traditionally it has been seen as a profession that uses hands instead of the brain, but it’s actually a knowledge-based sector that covers the whole life-cycle of the building. The education sector has a huge part to play in encouraging young people into pursuing a career in construction.”
The site of the former Springfield brewery has been transformed into Europe’s largest specialist construction and built environment campus, bringing together businesses and the education sector to maximise impact on the economy.
The £100 million development is acting as the catalyst for economic and social regeneration, tailored to creating jobs and delivering the technical and professional experts required by the industry.
Anyone interested in studying Architecture and the Built Environment should visit the next Open Day on Saturday 7th October 2017.
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Date Issued: 4th October 2017