A NEW training centre is set to open in Shepton Mallet this summer.

Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) are opening a new training centre in the building which was previously the Tourist Information Centre in the High Street.

SS&L provide communities with courses and workshops to help improve lives through learning.

Kathryn Baker, CEO of SS&L, said: “I’m very much looking forward to opening our new centre in the heart of Shepton Mallet where we will make community and adult education accessible to local people.

"This has never been more important than now, as we start to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic."

The building on the High Street has been unused for a while, and is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment.

“It’s great to see a new centre opening in Shepton Mallet where people will be able to easily access community and adult education," added Tracy Aarons, deputy chief executive of Mendip District Council.

"The investment in this new facility will bring opportunities both locally and to the wider community.

"We look forward to welcoming and working with SS&L and wish them every success in their new location.”

The Shepton Mallet centre will be the fifth one in Somerset alongside places in Taunton, Bridgwater, Yeovil and Frome.

SS&L are also expanding their distance learning online offer.

To find out more visit sslcourses.co.uk.