Automotive engineering

College opens new £ 500,000 automotive engineering center

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Shrewsbury Colleges Group hosted staff, governors and students to open the bespoke ‘Automotive Engineering Training Center’ based on the London Road campus.

The facility has been opened and used for the past nine months, but the possibility of hosting an official opening had been delayed by the pandemic.

The new facility was unveiled by college principal James Staniforth as well as facility sponsors RMT Garage Equipment and Draper Tools.

The British Touring Car Championship team, EXCELR8 Motorsport, as well as one of its team drivers, Chris Smiley, were also present at the event.

The event included demonstrations of the latest techniques and equipment.

The establishment of the center was supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which has invested more than £ 200,000 in the project as part of its growth agreement with the government.

Mandy Thorn, President of LEP, said: “Thanks to investment and support from companies, LEP and the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, this center is a leading hub for automotive training in the region.

“This means that students will have the skills to help employers compete in a highly competitive market and will also help improve the career prospects of our young people given the thriving automotive industry and supply chain we have. here in the Marches. “

Andy Lee, director of employer engagement and head of the engineering and automotive curriculum at the college, said, “We are delighted that so many local auto companies have been able to join us in open the new automotive center. This development has enabled us to expand and improve our ability to provide accessible and relevant training in key advanced manufacturing and automotive engineering economic sectors for the region.

“The additional training opportunities that we can offer through these facilities will further improve the engineering and automotive facilities that we already have. and mechanical engineering capability.

James Staniforth, Director of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, said: “We are very grateful to Marches LEP, RMT Garage Equipment, Draper Tools and Makita Manufacturing Europe Ltd – based in Telford, for supporting us financially and technically to enable this much needed expansion. and redevelopment should take place in these areas.

“We were delighted to be able to show our fantastic new facility to the local auto trade and showcase what we can offer this extremely important sector of the economy. This facility will enable local residents to provide high-value employment opportunities that will support the growing economy within the region as well as enable those already employed in these sectors to upgrade their skills. “

The center, which cost over £ 500,000, was funded in part by the Marche Local Business Partnership Skills Infrastructure Investment Fund, with £ 200,000 earmarked for the project.

The college bore the remainder of the costs and in partnership with Telford-based RMT Garage Equipment Ltd, Draper Tools and Makita Manufacturing Europe Ltd, an additional £ 150,000 of equipment and tooling was provided.