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Plans unveiled for £2.5 million science and technology centre

Published: Thursday, 16 June 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Plans for a new £2.5 million science and technology centre at Northumberland College’s Ashington Campus have been unveiled.

The new science and technology centre is the newest investment at the college, following on from £10 million which will be invested in a new hair and beauty salon, engineering and construction academies, new student hub and a restaurant and kitchen.

Development has also taken place on new workshops for arboriculture and agriculture, a classroom block and a learning resource centre.

The new centre will include specialist technology and science workshops with dedicated facilities that will include fab labs, where aspiring product designers and entrepreneurs can have access to the most up-to-date digital fabrication equipment for prototypes.

Following the economic plan

Funding for the development has come from the North East Local Enterprise (LEP), who are responsible for driving the delivery of the North East’s Strategic Economic Plan, a comprehensive document that detailed how the local economy will grow in the coming years.

The funding has allowed the college to invest in areas where they believe there are skill gaps, benefiting both students and local employers.

According to Principal and Chief Executive, Marcus Clinton, there are skill shortages within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) so the university will be adding additional courses that are designed through feedback with employers – courses will also cover fabrication, IT and digital, processing, hydraulics and robotics.

The project is set to be completed in time for the 2016/17 academic year, with architects Norr being selected to design the building.

Creating more jobs

The North East LEP, continues to focus on creating more and better jobs, as well as ensuring that there are enough skilled workers to fill the vacancies.

By forging close links with educational institutions it is hoped that there will be substantial progress, ensuring there is a pipeline of talent ready and waiting.

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