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Building and construction is less about how you do it, than why – learning the best and the safest way to do things is vital.

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In the custom-built workshops at the Milburn Campus, our experienced tutors will guide you in all the trades, using real life settings and situations to embed the learning. The centre is like a busy construction site, with more than 350 full-time and part-time students working each week.

The Milburn Centre officially opened in May 2012, as a centre for construction and building services training with a focus on sustainability and low carbon energy techniques. The centre provides improved facilities for students as well as a huge opportunity to expand the College's work with employers to deliver training in sustainable technologies as well as traditional construction courses.

Named after Betty Milburn MBE, a former chair of the College board of governors, the centre provides practical and theoretical teaching for a wide range of skills supporting the construction and building services industries. As well as classrooms, there are practical facilities for carpentry, plumbing, electrical skills, and painting and decorating in the main building.

The Milburn Centre also houses a low carbon energy exhibition and demonstration centre, which will showcase techniques like photovoltaic energy and heat exchange pumps. It is designed to demonstrate a range of ‘green’ technologies and provide a training resource for College students as well as employers, public sector partners and the local community. The energy centre comprises a demonstration area, a teaching/conference room and a heat exchange boiler training facility where installers are trained in partnership with Daikin UK.

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