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I am delighted to be writing the  very  first blogpost for our  brand-new  website. We hope this  platform  will  build upon an already growing  reputation,  showcasing  the Future Skills  Centre  as a  first-class  conference and training facility  serving  local  business and the wider community.    

The Future Skills Centre Exeter
The Future Skills Centre

Devon County Council purchased the Future Skills Centre, formerly the Flybe Training Academy, back in 2020. Exeter College were delighted to enter a long lease of the building to  deliver training and  education  opportunities from the site. Our mission is to  provide  learners of all ages with exceptional skills and qualifications  fit for the economy of the future.  

The Future Skills Centre, which has been fully operational since September 2021, will  provide the region with a specialist facility for the delivery of training for  future-facing  high-tech jobs in engineering, digital, construction and clean growth. The Centre will offer inspirational opportunities for the region’s young people, while also providing  adult  learners  the chance to upskill or retrain  for  a new career.     

The positive impact on all our learners is already being felt.  Full-time students in Construction, Engineering, Aviation and Travel & Tourism are utilising high quality training facilities, including a newly acquired jet on which students can fine tune their skills.  

The Centre also hosts  cohorts of  Apprentices in Construction, Engineering and Professional Adult Learning. The feedback from current students is exceptionally positive and we are delighted to offer them first class facilities for their learning experience.  

Since acquisition, the Future Skills Centre has undergone major refurbishment, transforming the space into  a  state-of-the-art venue. This included new carpets, new furniture and full redecoration to enhance the look and feel of the building. Structural changes were made to increase the sizes of some of the rooms affording our students and commercial clients space to learn and relax in top class surroundings. 

Conference Suite at the Future Skills Centre
Touchdown Point, a Conference Suite at the Future Skills Centre

Hosting our students and commercial clients as one creates a unique space and atmosphere. With a vibrant  onsite  café, free parking for over 200 cars, co-bike station and excellent transport links, the Future Skills Centre is ideally located to service all our customer’s needs. Our focus is to provide  exceptional customer service to ensure a high-quality experience for all  when visiting the Centre.  

Technology  is  advanced and of high quality to ensure delegates are hosted well. Our conference and meeting rooms have also been refurbished and are now installed with the latest hybrid technology. This includes  state of the art  video,  sound,  and projection  equipment to support  small groups, board meetings and larger conferences.  We know things have changed in terms of conferencing and our hybrid approach safeguards our customers  today and in the future. 

An event at the Future Skills Centre
An event at the Future Skills Centre

To enhance our offer, we have partnered with our local onsite  Hampton by Hilton hotel  to provide first class residential options.

The success of the Future Skills Centre could not have been achieved without collaboration. Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter College, our local business community and  all  our customers have shaped the Future Skills Centre into a vibrant and fully operational campus and conferencing facility. It has been a pleasure playing my small part in its evolution and I thank all our key partners in making this happen.