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World-class skills centre opens at Furness College

Published on: Friday 16th September 2016
Categorised under: Work , Cumbria, Education, Engineering, Furness College

A world-class skills facility to create engineering leaders of the future officially opens today at Furness College.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre – the first of its kind in Cumbria – is a £4million state-of-the-art training facility on the Channelside campus in Barrow-in-Furness.

The centre will help meet the growing demand locally for highly-skilled workers by enabling students to develop skills by accessing the latest high-tech equipment and machinery.

Steve McAloone, head of engineering and advanced manufacturing at the college, said the facility is a “win-win” for engineering students and employers such as BAE Systems and GSK.

He added: “We want to prepare tomorrow’s engineers and technicians for the workplace and enable current workers to retrain and enhance their skills.

“This facility provides the perfect environment and specialist equipment for students to work at the cutting-edge of engineering on research projects that will help local employers take design and manufacturing to the next level.

“The centre will play a big role in the skills development to serve our local workforce.”

The facility has classroom space for up to 450 higher education students and 1,150 apprentices on science, technology and engineering apprenticeships and HNC and degree programmes in engineering manufacturing and electrical and electronic engineering.

The centre has been funded with £1.43m through the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and £750,000 funding from the HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) catalyst fund.

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