Industrial Centres of Excellence (ICE)

ICE are an innovative way in which young people can gain qualifications, skills and experience that are planned around the requirements of local businesses.

The curriculum that each ICE will use has been developed jointly by local businesses, schools and colleges.

Each ICE will offer high quality learning experiences for students aged 14-19, with clear pathways into work, training and further and higher education.

ICE will look to prepare young people for work by having a strong emphasis on work culture. They will offer enhanced work placements, business mentoring, visits to local employers and career development.

Centre of Excellence for Business
The first ICE was developed at Shipley College. The Centre of Excellence for Business opened to students in September 2013. Find out more by visiting the Shipley college website.

Centre of Excellence for Environmental Technologies
The second ICE is the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Technologies or CE:ET. This is an educational partnership between Buttershaw Academy, Future Learners Partnership, the University of Bradford, Yorkshire businesses and Bradford Council.

The CE:ET is committed to providing career pathways into the emerging and dynamic environmental technologies sector and contributing towards the economic and community enrichment of the City of Bradford.

Centre of Excellence for the Built Environment
Bradford College has teamed up with Tong High School, Carlton Bolling College and several leading businesses, to launch a Bradford based ‘Centre of Excellence in the Built Environment’.

This initiative is designed to deliver ‘job ready’ young people, who possess the necessary skills and experience - as well as the energy and enthusiasm - for today’s demanding employer.

Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
Keighley College, in conjunction with Oakbank School and Bradford City Council, has launched the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, known as CE:AME, to develop a skilled workforce of young people to help a rapidly expanding local engineering and manufacturing base, and meet the increasing demand for a highly competitive workforce.

The facility - a fully fitted workshop with high quality industry standard machinery and equipment, including the latest 3D CAD modelling software and computer driven machinery.