Vocational training

Opening of a vocational training center in an industrial area

Witherslack Group, a provider of schools for children with special educational needs, is to open a new vocational training center in South Yorkshire.

It took a 16,000 square foot unit at Kea Park in Rotherham which will become the organization’s sixth establishment in Yorkshire alongside bases in Rotherham, Wakefield and Shelf.

The training center will support a catchment area across the region, expanding the current offering at Abbeywood School in Rotherham.

Colin Swaine, Property Director at Witherslack Group, said: “Once operational, the center will be used to support Key Stage 4 children at our existing Abbeywood School nearby.

“Not only are we helping to meet the demand for places in SEN schools in the South Yorkshire region, but we will also be creating several new jobs in the area.”

Rebecca Schofield, partner and head of industry in Yorkshire at Knight Frank, who acted on behalf of Leeds-based property company Pullans, with CBRE Leeds, said: “Kea Park is a development of four modern, self-contained units and is part of the well-established and successful Hellaby Industrial Estate.

“Since construction, the units have been renovated and provide accommodation for a number of businesses due to the flexibility of space.”

Bruce Strachan, Property Director at Pullans, added: “We are delighted to have been able to secure the rental to the Witherslack Group and play our part in providing much needed training and education facilities for the region.

“The work undertaken to convert the unit has been comprehensive and has resulted in a very impressive state-of-the-art facility of which they can be very proud.

“They have been a pleasure to deal with throughout the leasing and redevelopment project and we wish them every success for the future.”