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Business Update | GFT Training Centre Relocation

June 30, 2022, 11:17 a.m.
We are delighted to share that from August 2022, GFT’s head office and Training Centre will be relocated to Spaces Crossway in Birmingham City Centre.

From 1st August 2022, our new address will be 156 Great Charles Street, Queensway, Birmingham B3 3HN, United Kingdom. From this date we will no longer be operating from St James House, St James Place, Nechells, Birmingham, B7 4JE.

This relocation symbolises the growth and progression of the company, and we feel it fits the direction we want to take the business in the future.

Over the past months, we have worked hard to find the perfect location for us to operate from, ensuring that it meets the needs of all staff, students, trainees and visitors.

Having considered a variety of properties, we have decided that the best option would be to move into serviced offices within an area that is becoming the hub of Birmingham’s regeneration plans. Located a stone's throw away from Centenary Square, Spaces Crossway offers a modern, flexible working environment for professionals and growing businesses. We hope that by transitioning into an inspiring workspace, our staff and visitors will all feel the benefits that align with the business’s plan for the future. A key reason for moving to a new office space was to ensure that the vision we hold when providing training to our students is maintained. This vision is that our students can experience their learning around professional people at work, in an environment that is not like school or college. This aims to inspire our young people when they enter the working world for the first time, setting a high standard for what they can see themselves achieving.

Alongside the flexibility and security that Spaces Crossway offers, this office space also aligns with the Hexatronic Group Sustainability Plan for the future by ensuring we are reducing staff and visitor transport into the office via car; making the use of public transport more accessible. A key benefit of Spaces Crossway is the excellent public transport links, making our new office accessible by train, tram and bus within a 10 minute walk. For more information on the transport links available, click here: https://www.spacesworks.com/birmingham/crossway/. Staff, students, or visitors who do require car transportation will still have access to nearby public parking options.

We have also considered the use of a hybrid working model, allowing our team to consider working from either the office, or from home, as and when is needed without compromising on the quality of learning provided to our students and learners. With Spaces Crossway offering a modern co-working environment for staff to enjoy, we will only be using resources as and when we need them, again contributing to our Sustainability initiative. Plans will be put in place for all staff to be supported with the hybrid working transition, as well as offering a structure for planning their new work routine. We understand that some team members may thrive off either working from home or the office, and we will take into consideration each member of staff’s preferred way of working to positively impact their experience delivering the role.

We believe being located in a central spot within Birmingham City Centre will also enhance our accessibility to areas in the region who are in need of our programmes and services. At present, we believe that operating from the Nechells area means that we may have been missing out on supporting people from the wider areas of Birmingham and the West Midlands, which will now be easily accessible to our new location. We want to continue building and strengthening our relationship with communities in Birmingham that have been impacted with high unemployment rates, as well as having a high rate of young people not in employment, education or training. We therefore hope that having an improved accessibility through public transportation will mean more young people who are unable to drive will be able to reach us and benefit from our training and career opportunities.

If you are a student who is currently enrolled on one of our Training Programmes, you will be contacted by your Tutor or our Academy Manager to advise on how this move will impact your training. We aim for the transition into our new office space to be seamless, having as little impact as possible on the training that you receive.

If you have a face to face interview booked with our Recruitment Team, you will be contacted to discuss how this relocation may impact your interview. If you’re now unable to attend, we will offer alternative options to ensure your interview will still go ahead.

If you have any questions regarding our office relocation, please do not hesitate to contact our Managing Director: sue@wearegft.co.uk