Broadland District Council hopes �500,000 eco training centre will bring schools and businesses together

A �500,000 eco training centre will bring schools and businesses together.

Broadland District Council hopes the site will respond to the age-old grumble from industry leaders that schools are not preparing their youngsters for the world of work.

The Centre for Eco and Business Training, at Rackheath Industrial Estate, near Norwich, will offer a space where schools and businesses can work together, learn from each other and share ideas.

Chris Hill, Broadland District Council's head of economic development, said: 'Our aim is to be the link between the world of work and the world of learning.

'It will be practical, hands-on work, looking at the principles behind certain processes, but in an applied, relevant context.'

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The centre will open this spring and will be a state-of-the-art eco-laboratory where students will carry out experiments on issues such as energy efficiency alongside industry experts. It will also have a food technology kitchen where pupils will learn about healthy living.

Mr Hill said: 'The idea is to give students a taste of the variety of eco-work being undertaken in Broadland and the rest of Norfolk, and enthuse and inspire them by getting them involved in business-orientated, work-related projects.'

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A number of local high schools have already expressed an interest and half a dozen businesses have also signed up to run projects with students.

An update on the progress of the project is set to be given at the Broadland Business Breakfast Forum on January 25 at The Oasis, Norwich, starting at 7.45am.

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