This is the first glimpse inside a state-of-the-art engineering and technological training facility taking shape on the campus of Furness College – a partner of Choose South Cumbria.
The £4m Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre at the college’s site in Barrow, is set to be completed by the end of June.
Steve McAloone, head of engineering and advanced manufacturing at the college, said: “Skills development in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) areas are one of the key priorities identified to support economic growth in Cumbria.
“There is a growth in apprenticeship training and this centre will also help with the upskilling and retraining of staff using the latest technologies.”
The hub will feature the latest in technology and equipment for those completing science, technology and engineering-related apprenticeships and HNC and degree programmes in engineering manufacturing and electrical and electronic engineering.
It will also service the demand for skills training, supporting advanced manufacturing, linked to the growth of major companies in the area and the supply chain.
Mr McAloone added: “We are seeing a substantial growth in engineering as a whole, there is the significant investment at BAE Systems, GSK and the developments in the nuclear industry on the west coast.”
The centre is being built by Thomas Armstrong Ltd, and the other partners on the project are Harrison Pitt Architects and Bushell Raven project management.
To help deliver the project, Furness College has received £1.6m through the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and £750,000 funding from the HEFCE catalyst fund.
Click here to view the video of the £4m Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre at Furness College.
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