Shuttleworth races ahead with Bedford College investment
When Bedford College took over Shuttleworth in 2009 it pledged to modernise the facilities, widen the student base and upgrade training centres.
Student accommodation blocks have been upgraded, a new high tech learning resource centre installed, Kingshill Farm has been taken under lease to expand agricultural options and next will be the expansion of the animal welfare/veterinary facilities. The equine stabling facilities have also been improved.
Now Shuttleworth has 1,000 students and nearly 100 staff and success rates have risen to 96%.
Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce (pictured) has applauded the improvements made by staff and students to secure the future of young people in the world of farming and countryside employment.
Meanwhile The Mansion House, which formed part of the Old Warden Park facilities has been put under the management of Bedford College Service Ltd (BCS Ltd) and run as commercial centre to support the costs associated with the prestigious property. Outdoor events, weddings, and conferences are all staged there. The centre gives work experience opportunities to trainees in the college’s tourism and hospitality departments.