This exciting new £26m campus is a state-of-the-art vocational skills and training facility and opened its doors in September 2017.
Ashford College provides students with the skills they need for the jobs of today, tomorrow and the future.
Located close to Ashford’s new Commercial Quarter, this post-16 college run by the Hadlow Group focuses on courses for jobs in the manufacturing, construction, technology and service sectors.
There are closer links with industry, not only in terms of placements and work experience, but in the kind of courses that are available.
The curriculum will flex according to the needs of employers. A highly skilled local workforce is vital for Ashford’s economic prosperity.
Its location, close to the heart of Ashford, will also play a fundamental role in the future regeneration of the town centre.
The first of Ashford’s ‘Big 8’ projects to be completed, Ashford College has welcomed its first intake of about 900 students.
The town centre campus is a first-class education centre which will help provide a future workforce for one of the fastest growing towns in the south east.
Ashford College is a hugely significant project for Ashford. Not only is it a cornerstone of the drive to regenerate the town centre, but it adds momentum to nearly £700m worth of investment in the area’s retail, education, leisure, commercial, residential and transport sectors.
Modern teaching facilities at the 7,135m² campus include a multi-media learning resource centre, live music production, photography and fine arts studios, teaching kitchens and a hair and beauty salon – as well as an independent living facility.
Phases 1a and 2 will further add a sustainable technologies block providing engineering, plumbing, electrical facilities, motor sport workshops, and facilities for Higher Education students.