In September 2018, HETA opened the doors to their new headquarters as part of an investment programme worth around £4.5-million.

The project was supported with £1.3m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse, with assistance  from Hull City Council’s Economic Regeneration team.

The project saw the relocation of HETA’s Hull centre to a new site of 4246m², based in existing buildings that had previously been used for manufacturing. As such the buildings required complete refurbishment in order to repurpose them into an enlarged workshop space, classrooms, IT facilities, industrial training rigs, electronics labs and a large conference/meeting facility, in order to provide better welfare facilities and improve accessibility for younger learners via public transport links.

In turn the move has enabled HETA to increase the future capacity and breadth of training provision; to include delivery of higher level apprenticeships and increase the capability of delivering in-work upskilling training for adults, as they continue to address the skills shortage in the Humber region by providing industry-leading training in the engineering sector.

The advanced facilities and courses that the Humber LEP grant has helped deliver have been designed in partnership with the businesses that HETA works alongside. This has ensured that they are highly relevant, so as to equip their students with the skills they need to progress into successful and well-paid engineering careers.

Since opening its doors to the new centre in September 2018 HETA has welcomed 177 Students through its doors in Hull and feedback from individuals shows the positive impact that the investment is having both on students and staff.

Amy Conroy (Student), North Atlantic Fishing Company, said:“After touring the old site, I didn’t know what to expect when they told us about their investment in a new site. I was really shocked when I started in August.

“The new site is much more advanced, the workshop is much bigger, and with an increase in classrooms and IT suites we now have more opportunities for individual learning.”

Dean Adamson (Student), Ideal Boilers, said: “The training centre on Dansom Lane is welcoming with brighter colours and an open space. It’s a brilliant opportunity to learn in a facility that is dedicated to the engineering industry

“The location is convenient for me because it is so close to the train station, it’s nice to work alongside people from all over the Humber region because of this access to the city centre.”

Matthew Shackleton, Welding & Fabrication Instructor, said: “We have expanded the fabrication facility and invested in new equipment so that learners are able to produce fabrication like in the real world. With there being more classrooms and workshop availability, we have been able to accommodate more learners this year.

“From a teaching perspective, the site has enabled me to provide learners with a varied learning experience, with both theory and practical studies. This way students can understand what they need to do and why they are doing it.”

Sean Edwards, Electrical Instructor, said: “The Advanced Centre has provided both learners and staff with improved teaching and learning facilities. The site has a realistic learning environment that can be associated to a college.”