15 February 2021

Midas appointed to build new STEM and Health Skills Centre in Cornwall

Midas Construction has been appointed to build a new STEM and Health Skills Centre that aims to transform learning opportunities for young people in Cornwall and equip them with the industry-relevant skills they need to succeed.

The new £6.3m STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Health Skills Centre is being built in Bodmin on behalf of Truro and Penwith College. It is being supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is meeting £3.78m of the costs after successfully bidding for funds through the Government’s Getting Building Fund.

Midas Construction, part of the Midas Group, will begin work on the project in the coming weeks on land adjacent to the A30 in Bodmin, with completion due in March 2022.

Once open, the centre will offer engineering, manufacturing and digital skills for the aerospace, space, creative, energy and mining sectors, in line with the LEP’s Local Industrial Strategy.

It will also provide a range of locally delivered nursing and care apprentices up to and including registered nurse, extending the College’s current work with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust to other health providers across the county. This will make a significant contribution to meeting the current staffing shortfall in health together with providing career routes wholly locally based and through paid apprenticeships.

Mike Borkowski, Business Development Director at Midas Construction, part of the Midas Group, said: “We are delighted to be a partner in this transformational project which will provide local people with increased access to high-quality learning opportunities while ensuring that Cornwall’s key industrial and health sectors have a ready source of highly skilled and qualified staff.

“This new scheme continues the successful relationship between Midas and Truro and Penwith College through delivery of the Valency Building, a £7m specialist technology facility being built by Midas at the College’s Truro campus, which is nearing completion.

“As a Cornwall-based business, we will be kick-starting the positive impact the STEM and Health Skills Centre will have on the Cornish economy by using the construction phase to maximise opportunities for local employment through our local supply chain and in particular supporting training and apprenticeships in Cornwall.”

The STEM and Health Skills Centre will provide a wide range of post-16 education in areas such as engineering, digital and manufacturing. Features of the new facility will include state-of-the-art engineering workshops, a health simulation suite and modern digital technology.

In total, the centre will offer 120 apprenticeships per year and is expected to help 300 people annually into further learning, as well as creating 15 new jobs and supporting 150 businesses.

Martin Tucker, Principal from Truro and Penwith College, said: “We are delighted once again to be working with Midas Construction on the delivery of such an important building that will help secure the future of so many young people entering into dynamic and sustainable careers, particularly in the north and east of Cornwall.

“Everyone at the College has no doubt that by working in partnership with Midas Construction, the Ottery building, as it will be named, will become a centre of technology, health and science that will become an iconic part of Cornwall’s skills-based economy and socio-economic progression for generations to come.”

Frances Brennan, chair of the LEP’s Employment and Skills Board, said: “It’s vital that we continue to build links between employers and education and give people of all ages the opportunities to develop their skills in existing and emerging parts of our economy. We are looking forward to seeing Midas begin work in the weeks ahead on what will be a vital skills and education facility for Cornwall.”

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