CREATIVE AND DIGITAL SKILLS CENTRE

A new skills facility on the high street providing, especially young people, access to creative and digital play, learn, and training for future employment opportunities

Project Description

This project has been developed in response to the LCR Combined Authority Employer Skills Survey 2017 and the Apprenticeship Growth Plan 2018-2020, which reported a larger workforce skills gap than the national figures in digital and creative sectors. Located on the High Street, this project will see the refurbishment of buildings to provide a home for local creative and digital organisations, providing a visible focal point for creative and digital organisations and learning in the Old Town. Building on the presence of Hazlehurst Arts Collective, It will be home to a range of existing training and skills providers that have a long track record of delivery. The project will also be able to show links to the wider borough, with the participating organisations being able to teach a wealth of new skills including those used in creative and digital activities, like coding, radio, and drone programming. Having a physical presence will make it easier to link with Sci/Tech Daresbury bringing their educational outreach in relation to future employment opportunities to the town centre. The project will also link to the nearby Brindley Theatre giving the organisations based at the centre access to new audiences. The centre will also provide affordable, quality, shared training and learning spaces.

The start of the restoration of 71 High Street is the first part of this project to be delivered, for more information see https://hbcnewsroom.co.uk/long-awaited-restoration-of-71-high-street-runcorn-underway/.

The restoration plans for 71 High Street can be seen on the planning portal https://webapp.halton.gov.uk/planningAPPS/showCaseData.asp?CaseNo=20/00593/LBC. RIBA stage 2 concept plans by K2 Architects from Liverpool to create more spaces on the High Street for the community voluntary sector to deliver creative and digital skills to local residents can be downloaded

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