Craven College – a Further Education College based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, “The Gateway to the Dales”. Our matchless position – at the juncture of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire enables us to offer a variety of further and higher education courses, including apprenticeships, undergraduate degrees, and part-time adult education. Craven College started life in 1825 as the Skipton Mechanics Institute on the High Street in Skipton. During the Second World War, the Skipton Art School and Skipton Technical Institute were founded. In 1954 the Skipton Art School and Technical Institution become the Craven Institute for Further Education. In 1974, the College has renamed the Craven College of Adult Education and the full-time courses flourished mainly leading to secretarial work, hospitality and catering, social work, and small business management. The Aireville Campus was improved in 1989 adjoining Aireville School (now The Skipton Academy). The Auction Mart Campus was later developed to accommodate all land-based courses and The Aviation Academy was set up in Yeadon at Leeds Bradford Airport. Tyro Training was set up in 2003 offering flexible training, consultancy, and support to businesses across the North of England. With its HQ at Craven Cattle Mart in Skipton, Tyro Training also has a training base in Scarborough. The Animal Management Centre was opened for students in 2018 with specialist rooms for aquatics, invertebrates, nocturnals, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. From its premises in Ripon, Evolve supports young people from across North Yorkshire with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties and offers full Study Programmes, with a focus on work experience and abilities for employment. In 2020, Craven College became an integral part of the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology – representing an important investment in training resources on the Skipton campus to support education in digital abilities such as cyber-security, digital infrastructure, multi-media, software development, and gaming.
Enriching lives through learning
To deliver and develop high-quality learning occasions for all through an aspirational team who collaborate with our key stakeholders in a well-connected and resourced, sustainable learning and working environment.