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New science and engineering innovation centre unveiled

Published: Monday, 03 October 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A new £6.2 million science and engineering innovation centre at Runshaw College aimed at boosting the local economy has been unveiled.

The world-class centre, based at the Euxton lane campus, has been kitted out to be able to provide training and skills across a wide range of areas to students studying both apprenticeships and degrees.

The centre, which is supposed to transform training within the area, is full of cutting-edge laboratories and the most advanced equipment, enabling up to 400 new students a year to study science and engineering courses.

Plans are in place for Runshaw to combine both university qualifications and apprenticeship programmes in order to try and transform the training of science and engineering skills, in terms of volume and quality.

Funding for the project

The development of the project was largely funded by £4.3 million from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) due to its ability to revolutionise student’s employability skills.

Edwin Booth, who is chairman of the LEP, unveiled the development that was officially opened with a special ceremony that was attended by civic dignitaries and local business leaders.

Following a tour of the facilities, Mr Booth insisted that the development was one of a network of modern centres across Lancashire that was benefiting from a significant investment of £30 million from the LEP.

Simon Partington, principle of Runshaw College, said: “Future generations of students will travel from across the region to learn skills in a range of industries from aerospace and advanced manufacturing, to medical and scientific professions combining university qualifications and apprenticeship programmes.”
 
With the support of the LEP, the centre forms part of the Hub and Spoke programme, which provides educational centres of excellence with new industry-focused facilities.

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