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New college facility opens to tackle engineering skills shortages

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Suffolk New College’s new £400,000 fabrication and welding centre, part of a drive to tackle skills shortages in engineering and manufacturing in the area, has been opened by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer.

The new facility will boost the college's science, technology, engineering and maths offering and increase the number of apprenticeships. It is the only facility of its kind for 30 miles and should help local employers overcome difficulties in finding skilled staff to fill vacancies in the absence of a state-of-the-art facility.

The centre will offer a wide range of construction and engineering courses, including body repair, motor vehicle and plumbing. It includes a workshop with ten welding bays complete with industry-standard equipment, and a ‘virtual welding’ technology - computer-based training system. Ben Gummer said:  “We are seeing a return to high quality apprenticeships and a reskilling of our workforce for a new industrial age and this new facility is evidence of that progress." The new facility has been delivered with Weldability-Sif, Ransomes Jacobsen and New Anglia Skills Deals Programme.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 July 2017 11:37 )