We are Blackpool Skills Academy

A new social enterprise in the centre of Blackpool specialising in 14-16 education. Working in partnership with Blackpool Council and our partner schools to support a range of career-related activities.

Students progress to Apprenticeships or further study with the outstanding post-16 providers in the town.

Our Founder

David Hodge brings twenty-seven years of business, construction, training and development experience to the Blackpool Skills Academy, a Community Interest Company he founded to sit alongside his construction business - Unique Contrax. A carpenter and joiner by trade, his early career saw him specialise in the heritage and restoration sector with many prestigious refurbishment and fit-out projects to his name. He went on to teach and lead training in large FE colleges and training providers.

Vision and

We want to create something different where young people can experience a range of career-areas, work with employers and see their academic school subjects - particularly Maths, English and Science in the real world. To inspire greater achievement and aspiration.

Our values are inspirational learning, heart of the community, celebrating diversity, challenge and support.

Working with employers and the community

All our students get the chance to meet employers and take part in community projects and real-world opportunities.