Stoke & Staffordshire

Former Stoke-on-Trent pottery works to get new role

A former Stoke-on-Trent pottery works is to be restored and turned into an education site that project leaders say will create 400 jobs a year.

The former Enson Works, in Longton, is set to become a Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) which will train students in the construction industry.

A project spokesman said the courses will focus on sustainable development and aim to train 700 people a year.

He added the 1,500 sq m centre is due to be completed by the end of 2011.

The site will include a skills and learning facility, visitor hub and demonstration buildings.

Funding has been secured from Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Department of Children, Schools and Families with further funding being sought from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for later phases.

Councillor Mervin Smith, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for city development, said: "This is a unique and exciting project for Stoke-on-Trent.

"The site will bring business leaders and construction professionals from across the country to Stoke-on-Trent to showcase innovative eco-friendly methods and materials being used."

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