Excelsior Academy has opened its new construction training centre, which will help to deliver much needed construction skills to pupils.
Excelsior Academy sponsor Lord Laidlaw was in attendance to officially open the Laidlaw Construction Training Centre last Thursday (22nd September).
The new construction training centre boast modern facilities, including a 79 inch interactive screen and Gaia-sponsored Virtual Construction software.
The new construction centre comprises a workshop, complete with precision machinery and tools, and a modern ICT facility with Gaia-sponsored software to underpin course theory work.
Lord Laidlaw said: “I’m delighted to be opening this centre, I think it is a great advance for Excelsior.
“It is something I have been keen to support. I think it will make a great difference for a lot of our young people and I wish them every success.”
Initially, Excelsior Academy will deliver a two-year City and Guilds diploma course to Year 12 and 13 students.
“In the long-term we want to see if we can get the students work experience to take their careers forward in that way as well.”
Joe Temple, Construction Subject Leader at Excelsior Academy, said: “We will be teaching the students brick laying, block work, carpentry and joinery, all skills which are in high demand"
“House builders in particular prize these skills and our course is an introduction to see if they like the practical side of the work.”
The ICT suite boasts both the latest teaching hardware and software. This ensures that students get the most out of their classroom-based work.
The ICT suite is complete with a number of laptops, a powerful workstation PC and 4K monitor for the teacher and a 79in 4K interactive flat panel.
Gaia have ensured that classroom-based learning will be enhanced, by sponsoring a copy of the award-winning Gaia Virtual Construction software. The Gaia Virtual Construction software comprises realistic 3D construction environments and models. These allow students to visualise and explore complex construction techniques, such as constructing a pile foundation or showing underground piping, as well as delivering realistic construction site experiences and health & safety in a more engaging way.
“We’re proud to be sponsoring the Gaia Virtual Construction software within the Laidlaw Construction Training Centre.” Mike Jones, Excelsior Academy Account Manager at Gaia Technologies said.
“The combination of the modern workshop facilities and ICT suite will ensure that Excelsior Academy pupils have the best opportunity to develop their construction knowledge.”