Olympic Park could be new home for Newham College campus after Games

A new state-of-the-art college campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park could help bring about “ground-breaking changes” in education and training.

Newham College and the Olympic Park Legacy Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore creating a skills and enterprise campus on the park.

The agreement means the bodies will commission further work on the proposal. If built, the centre will support both academic and vocational training.

Among the facilities could be advanced technology suites and computer and science centres. There may also be shops and fitness facilities so vocational students can gain real-life experience during their courses.

Denise Brown-Sackey, principal of Newham College, said: “We want to bring about ground-breaking changes in the type of education and training offered and how they are delivered.

“Newham College is looking for a new site in order to maintain excellence and continue with our ambitious programme of improvements.

“The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park presents an opportunity to create a local and regional focus for inspirational learning and enterprise development and will ensure a lasting benefit to local communities.

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“We look forward to working with the Olympic Park Legacy Company to develop proposals for providing a new campus on the Park.”

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the OPLC, said: “Education, enterprise and innovation are key components of our plans for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“By working with community focused organisations like Newham College now, we will be able to help people be in a position to benefit from the thousands of new job opportunities that the Park will bring.

“It is another example of how plans are more advanced than any previous Olympic host city. “