College has announced a £2.5m investment that will create a new
science and technology centre at its Ashington campus.
This latest investment follows £10m injected across all
campuses to see a new hair and beauty salon, restaurant and
kitchen, engineering and construction academies and new student hub
New workshops for agriculture and arboriculture, a
learning resource centre and classroom block at Kirkley Hall have
also been developed.
Principal and Chief Executive, Marcus Clinton said: "We
have received this funding from the North East Local Enterprise
Partnership (LEP) and this is fantastic news because it enables the
college to invest in an area where there are skills gaps. The
investment will benefit students and local employers as we train
the next generation of skilled workers."
Architects, Norr, have been selected and contractors will
be appointed soon with a view to completing the project in time for
the 2016/17 academic year.
Marcus continued: "There are skills shortages within
science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) so we will be
adding new courses that are designed with feedback from employers.
Covering fabrication, processing, IT and digital, robotics and
hydraulics, this training will benefit our students and the local
Andrew Hodgson, chair of the North East LEP, said: "Our
focus continues to be on creating more and better jobs, and
ensuring we have a skilled workforce to fill these. Forging close
link with education is key to this and this latest investment will
help ensure we have a pipeline of talent ready and
The new centre will include specialist science and
technology workshops with dedicated facilities that will include
fab labs where budding product designers and entrepreneurs can
access the latest in digital fabrication equipment for