Multi-million pound science and technology centre takes shape at Bolton College
12:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A MULTI-million pound centre to train the next generation of scientists and engineers has begun to take shape — and will help plug Bolton’s “skills gap”.
The steel framework of Bolton College’s £4.3 million STEM — science, technology, engineering and maths — Centre has been put into place.
It will be the first of its kind in the North West and students will embark on the new courses in September next year.
Mike Morris, director of business and enterprise at the college, said: “The STEM Centre is racing up and is visible. It marks the final chapter, the final phase and the last bit of the jigsaw for Bolton College.”
“It is incredibly exciting. I have been in further education for 25 years and to arrive at a college with brand new state-of-the-art facilities is amazing and inspiring for both staff and students, and it increases success.”
Contractor, Heron Bros, is expected to complete the project in spring 2014.
Students will be able to study a wide range of courses including applied science, engineering and motor vehicle maintenance, some of which will also have university accreditation and from higher education resources.
The centre will offer vocational courses in science, technology, engineering and maths at level three, which is equivalent to A-levels, for the first time to provide a route to jobs and higher education.
It aims to increase aspiration and motivation amongst the town’s young people to achieve their ambitions by offering different options following secondary school.
Mr Morris said the centre would help plug the much talked about “skills gap” by training engineers, software programmes and upskilling those already in industry as well as provide alternative routes in the sciences, which until now were only available through studying A-levels or leaving the town.
And students will have the opportunity to become high level apprentices and eventually highly skilled professionals such as Chartered Engineers — while being paid.
Hundreds of year 11 students have already expressed an interest in attending the centre next year.
Mr Morris said: “Young people are now making their choices for next September and for the first time the training they want will be available in Bolton.
“One third of young people leave the town to study and we want to bring these people back and attract those students from surrounding boroughs.”
Potential students can find out more by attending open days on November 13 from 5pm to 8pm and December 9 at the same time.
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