A new £400,000 engineering block has opened at City of Wolverhampton College to help give students the skills they need to find work.
The Engineering Learning Zone has been developed with input from local employers, who have helped ensure the skills taught are those that businesses are looking for. New machinery has been purchased, including milling machines and lathes as well as new integrated computer systems with the latest software.
The Engineering Learning Zone will operate as a modern manufacturing plant to give students a taste of what it is like to work in a modern engineering facility. Alongside traditional engineering, manufacturing, design and maintenance skills, students will have the opportunity to develop a practical understanding of Lean Manufacturing.
Paul Uppal MP, who opened the new zone, said: “Engineering is the heartbeat of the West Midlands, and in particular Wolverhampton, and it is initiatives like this that are sending out a great message about manufacturing within the city.”
Director of Faculty of STEM Mike Hughes added: “ We have the facility and staff to meet the challenge of upskilling a workforce from our city to meet the growing demand from manufacturing and engineering employers.”
The Engineering Learning Zone is the last of a three-phase development of the engineering provision at Paget Road, with the Motor Vehicle and Welding and Fabrication areas already revamped.