Multi-million pound education centre planned for Bolton
A FIRST of its kind multi-million pound education centre will open in Bolton.
The £4.3 million STEM Centre — a science, technology, engineering and maths facility — is being built at Bolton College to train the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
These are described as “key” in driving forward the economy.
The centre — described as a world class — will open in a 1,800m2 modern facility next spring.
It will mark the final stage of the development of the £70 million Bolton College campus in Deane Road, which opened in 2010.
Marie Gilluley, Principal of Bolton College, said: “The STEM Centre will complete Bolton College’s transformation into a leading educational institute.
“The centre is the first of its kind in the North West and will offer students a cutting-edge environment in which to learn these important subjects.
“It already has the backing of local employers, such as Stateside Foods, MBDA and Warburtons.
“Students will benefit by learning from some of the leading companies and names in the STEM industries, while opening up clear careers pathways to local jobs.”
The centre will offer a range of vocational STEM courses and apprenticeships, which will prepare students for jobs and/or higher education.
Employers will be able to use the centre to upskill their workforce.
Courses include applied science, engineering and motor vehicle maintenance with more to be added soon.
Mrs Gilluley said: “The town has a rich history in engineering and construction and it’s wonderful to see this heritage honoured with the creation of the STEM Centre.
“These industries are vital to the country’s economy and I hope to see Bolton leading the charge when it comes to launching careers and enabling professional development in these fields.”
Sean Harriss, chief executive of Bolton Council, added: “The addition of the STEM Centre to Bolton’s educational offering will help to make the town a leader in the training of future scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
“The North West region is a hub for these industries — manufacturing, for example, constitutes 18 per cent of jobs in Bolton — so qualifications from the STEM Centre will take students into fields with excellent job prospects.”
The centre is being part-funded by the Skills Funding Agency, which promotes further education and skills training in England. In total, the agency has provided £1.4 million for the project.
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