henley projectHenley College Coventry is a vibrant college of further and higher education that provides training and apprenticeships for approximately 5,000 part-time and 1,600 full-time students. The College has been serving Coventry for fifty years, delivering a range of nationally-accredited skills-training to local communities, employers and international students. The College has earned a first-class reputation for training in hospitality and catering; health and social care; early-years education; customer service; business administration; computing; engineering; and digital media.

Henley College’s £6million redevelopment has created a new entrance hall with exhibition space to showcase students’ work and a new block with 14 large classrooms and state-of-the-art conference facilities.

Engineering students have moved into a new workshop and better facilities for student services and learning resources have been provided.

Henley College Coventry’s new redevelopment has now been completed and was officially opened in March 2014. A third of the funding came from the Skills Funding Agency and the College funded the rest.

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Opening the new facilities, Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise said: “The thing I am most passionate about here is that the purpose of this building isn’t the building itself but the learning and teaching that will go on here for years to come.

“From everything I have heard, this is about giving the local community the opportunity to get the knowledge and skills they need to get a good job. Thousands of students have come here, and many thousands will come here in the future and benefit from the facilities they need to succeed. Everybody – from the teaching staff to the people who do the accounts to make sure the college is on track –- pulls together to deliver for the people that they serve.

I hope in this magnificent new space, staff and students can go on to achieve even more.”

Ray Goy, Principal, said “This redevelopment had been in the pipeline for over 18 months. The design was put together after consultation with learners and staff. We wanted to provide more great quality teaching space which can be used in a variety of ways and also to bring all our learner support services together”