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Work starts on 1.9m skill centre

Trainee bricklayer
Construction and engineering courses are to be offered at the new centre

Work has begun on a £1.9m skill centre in Norfolk to provide training in engineering and construction.

Courses in bricklaying, carpentry, electrics, engineering and plumbing are to start in September at the Wayland Community High School site in Watton.

A diploma in construction and the built environment will also be available this year, with a similar qualification in engineering in September 2010.

The £1.9m funding comes from the public sector and building company Mansell.

Michael Rose, head teacher at Wayland Community High School, said: "This will be a much-needed community resource in this part of the county.

"Young people, from the other schools that make up the Opportunities West Norfolk consortium, will be able to access the courses available.

"The centre will also encourage adults to learn and youngsters to continue in learning past the age of 16.

"Industry needs people with the right skills to compete in a global market and this centre will help to equip local young people for this environment."

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