We are very pleased to say that we have been successful in the Office for Students capital bid and have been awarded just over £1m to buy brand-new kit for, and refurbish, our mechanical, hydraulics, and automotive engineering workshops. Working closely with local Engineering employers, we have sourced and purchased the cutting-edge specialist equipment used in industry to train our students ready for the 21st century workplace.
Our mechanical kit list includes new lathes, workbenches, vices, shadow boards, tooling and VR welding systems. Our manufacturing, maintenance and hydraulics kit list includes CMM measuring, CNC machining, CNC lathe, control simulator, conveyor machine, and hydraulics training systems. The OfS-published statement about our project is below. The new facilities will open in September 2023.
The project is to refurbish and equip a mechanical, manufacturing and hydraulics engineering workshop space to contemporary industry standard. It mirrors the college’s strategic plan by expanding curriculum development in those areas most directly linked to employability. The funding will enable the college to outfit an Engineering Innovation Centre with cutting-edge mechanical, computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing, maintenance, and hydraulics engineering equipment, and run a new suite of higher education short courses in high demand occupational areas. It gives the college the means to train and develop a more robust future workforce in areas where demand is greatest from employers, both currently and in projected skills gaps.
We look forward to welcoming you to view our new facilities at our next Open Event on Tuesday 14 November | 5-7pm.