A world class skills powerhouse to create future engineering leaders has officially opened at Furness College.
The Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre is the first of its kind in Cumbria and is a £4 million state of the art training facility on the Channelside campus.
George Beveridge, Chairman of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, will open the facility as part of the areaâs 10 year strategic economic plan.
The centre will help to meet the rising local demand for highly skilled workers by enabling students to develop skills on real life projects for companies ranging from major employers to SMEs.
Students will have access to the latest high tech machinery and equipment, a learning hub, a metrology lab for the study of materials, an industrial size workshop and CAD classrooms.
On opening the new multi million pound facility, Beveridge said that it would help more local people to gain the qualifications they need to access new jobs being created in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, nuclear and biopharmaceuticals, along with providing technology led businesses with a supply of skilled staff.
Beveridge continued: It will focus on science, technology, engineering and maths related subjects and skills, with a key emphasis on ensuring that the county can fill the many thousands of projected new jobs coming on stream here with fully qualified candidates.
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and partners such as Furness College will continue to help accelerate economic growth in the county by ensuring that its workforce has the skills to meet future employer needs. The new centre will certainly help us do that.
Head of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at the College, Steve McAloone, said that it would support the economic growth strategy for Cumbria and was a âwin winâ situation for engineering students and employers.
He said: We want to prepare tomorrowâs engineers and technicians for the workplace and enable current workers to retrain and enhance their skills.