Hugh Baird College and Port Academy Liverpool are to soon find out if they have won £2m Government backing to build a new port academy.

The facility will train engineers and technical experts to work in Liverpool’s growing shipping industry.

The port academy will have room for up to 200 students once up and running, Hugh Baird principal Yana Williams said.

She told the Liverpool Echo:

“We want employers to think of us when they need apprentices or other new recruits. We will find out in the next month or two if our capital bid for the funding has been successful.”

The college plans to open the port academy in September next year after expanding its Pembroke Centre campus on Balliol Road.

Ms Williams said:

“As the economy improves there will be more jobs created locally and that presents us with opportunities to change and expand.”

The port academy is designed to capitalise on the Superport development – a £1.8bn programme to expand Liverpool’s docks to accommodate the biggest freight ships in the world.

Ms Williams said:

“We currently offer lots of areas of training that will be relevant to the Superport, but we want to offer it all and more from one building – that’s the logic behind the port academy. It’s our intention to help people get into this industry and bringing all our skills together in one building will help with that. We are optimistic of being granted capital funding, but we are committed to this even if we have to fund it ourselves.”

Ms Williams said a Government grant to bankroll the new academy would “guarantee state-of-the-art facilities for advanced engineering and other manufacturing activities”.

Hugh Baird is also celebrating success in its most recent Ofsted inspection, which deemed the college to be “good” with “outstanding features”, including its financial and personal support services for students.


Source: Liverpool Echo.