Council Leader and Chief Exec visit College's new Green Skills Hub

A Trafford college is continuing to embrace an environmentally friendly future - with the launch of a fabulous new Green Skills Hub!

Trafford College has launched the new Hub to develop students’ skills to install and maintain green technology equipment now and in the future.

And to celebrate, college bosses invited Trafford Council Leader Cllr Tom Ross and Chief Executive Sara Todd along to its Stretford site for a tour of the building and a discussion about the new technology.

Cllr Ross and Sara Todd were shown the workings of ground source heat pumps and given a talk by members of staff about the huge benefits of green technology and how the College was planning launch a number of courses in this area. Ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground to heat radiators and provide hot water in the home.

Both were impressed by what they had seen and were pleased with the way in which the college was moving forward with a green agenda. The philosophy aligns with Trafford Council’s corporate priority to take action to address the climate crisis.  

James Scott, Principal and CEO of The Trafford College Group, said: “We are very excited about the launch of our Green Skills Hub. While there is a general knowledge of the importance of green technologies there is a lot more work needed to help people understand how the current and future skills gaps in the industry are hampering the important opportunities and benefits it can offer.

“With the increased demand for green technology, it means that the career opportunities, salaries and benefits that come from working in the industry are excellent and this is only going to get better.  That's why we are working with young people, schools, adults and employers to raise awareness of these opportunities so that Greater Manchester can better realise its ambition of being carbon-neutral by 2038.”

Cllr Ross said: “We were delighted to be invited along to the College for the launch of the Green Skills Hub – what a fabulous initiative to give students the ability to work in the green industry. This is a great way to help develop skills in this area.

“Trafford Council has made addressing the climate crisis a major priority so we are delighted that Trafford College have launched the new Hub which will be of huge benefit to students and the environment.”

Sara Todd said: “I was extremely impressed by the Hub and the tour provided an interesting insight into new green technologies. We look forward to continue to work closely with Trafford College now and in the future. Well done to everyone involved.”

The Hub is expected to be officially launched in the summer and students will arrive from September, 2023. For more information on courses available, please go to



Posted on Tuesday 16th May 2023