A long-standing training centre which has kick-started the careers of hundreds of journalists and press photographers is set to close and relocate its students to a new multi-million-pound development.
Sheffield College’s Norton Centre is closing from September 2015 and NCTJ-accredited courses will be based at the city’s Hillsborough campus, which is being boosted with an £8.8 million extension including new media facilities.
The move is part of an overall £15.6m upgrade to facilities at Sheffield College and staff, students and courses will transfer from Norton to campuses at either Hillsbrough College or Peaks College that September.
Hillsborough College’s two-storey extension will include new media facilities and general teaching rooms, as well as a theatre, drama studio, dance studio and rehearsal rooms.
Heather MacDonald, chief executive of Sheffield College, said: “We are investing in our students, our staff and the city. This exciting new opportunity will improve the overall quality of our accommodation so that all of our staff and students will benefit from 21st century learning facilities.
“It puts us in an even stronger position to develop new courses where there are skills shortages, help businesses grow and enhance our students’ prospects.”
The Norton campus on Dyche Lane, taken over by the college in 1992, is well known for its creative, arts, journalism and sports courses but its facilities are dated.
“Some of our staff have a real affection for Norton. Even though the building will close in 2015, the spirit of Norton will live on,” Ms MacDonald added.
“Staff will relocate and courses will continue and, in some cases, grow. We want to invest in our newer campuses, which are well connected to public transport. We will do all we can to make the transition for our staff and students as smooth as possible.”
Sheffield College is also expanding its apprenticeship provision, and offering 200 new apprenticeships every year across a range of sectors including creative and digital media, advanced manufacturing and engineering, sport and leisure, and tourism.