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Former Flybe building becomes Future Skills Centre

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Although the former Flybe airline was already in a difficult situation by March 2020, the emerging COVID-19 pandemic was said to have put additional pressure on the firm.

The airline went into administration that month, and with it, thousands of former employees lost their jobs.

Since then, the building that used to be the Flybe Training Academy has been bought by Devon County Council, and with Exeter College, it’s to offer training and education opportunities for learners of all ages, skills, and qualifications fit for the economy of the future.

The Future Skills Centre, as it’s now known, provides the region with a specialist facility for the delivery of training for high-tech jobs in engineering, digital, construction and clean growth.

“Creating and retaining a highly skilled workforce will underpin the economic prosperity of Devon and will be a key part of our recovery plan after COVID-19,” said Keri Denton, Head of Economy, Enterprise and Skills for the council. “High-tech skills for engineering and digital are vital to our economy.”

“Not only will the centre provide the future skills for a more sustainable Devon, it will also support us to develop skills in digital and data technologies, including building on our track record of working with artificial intelligence and supporting emerging sectors such as robotic agriculture,” said Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive John Laramy.