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Telford College invests £500k in advanced manufacturing facilities

Telford College is investing £500,000 on upgrading its advanced manufacturing and electrification centre to help deliver a series of new skills-boosting training packages.

Engineering facilities at Telford College

It is part of a £2.5 million scheme to expand skills training in the manufacturing, engineering and construction sectors across the Marches region – with a particular focus on green skills and environmental technologies.

Telford College will be delivering four training programmes for maintenance technicians at its Wellington campus as part of the project, focusing on electronics, electrics, mechanics, and automation.

It will also be offering a new ‘Supervising in Construction’ programme, made up of six one-day modules which can be completed either individually, or as a block. They pave the way for further sustainability upskilling and reskilling in the college’s Retrofit Skills Lab.

The investment is part of the Marches Education Partnership, backed by the Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF).

Telford College director Robert Lees

Robert Lees, director of automotive, construction and engineering at Telford College, said: “Our programmes have been tailored to address skills shortages in the manufacturing and engineering sectors and support greater automation - with a particular focus on manufacturing engineering maintenance.

“To help deliver the training, a £500,000 investment is being made in upgrading the already industry-standard engineering training facilities.

“The facility already includes a Computer Aided Design (CAD) suite, plus welding bays, milling stations, robotics and computer numerical control machines. It is due to be completed by September this year.”

The programmes offer a pathway to higher level professional skills development studies at Telford College, such as HND or HNC engineering.

Engineering facilities at Telford College

The current Marches Education Partnership project will see the launch of 14 new training centres and the creation of at least 30 new courses to meet some of the region’s ‘most significant sectors’, working closely with local employers.

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