Abingdon & Witney College handed £4m building boost

College Prinicpal Teresa Kelly is looking forward to working with local employers

College Prinicpal Teresa Kelly is looking forward to working with local employers

First published in News
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter, also covering West Oxford. Call me on (01865) 425437

A COLLEGE has been handed a £4m boost to build a new centre to train youngsters in core engineering skills.

Abingdon & Witney College was given the cash through Oxfordshire’s Local Enterprise Parternship (LEP) and the Oxfordshire Growth Deal announced earlier this month.

It will allow the college to build the Advanced Engineering and Technology Skills Centre at its Abingdon campus, in Wootton Road.

The centre will focus on science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM) subject areas – all areas which have been a priority for the Government.

College principal Teresa Kelly said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm that we have been awarded £4m of funding through the new Growth Deal.

“Two years ago we opened our new motor vehicle engineering facility, which has since seen record numbers of enrolments on full-time and apprenticeship courses and allowed us to develop our brand new level three motor vehicle apprenticeship.

“This funding will allow us to adopt the same innovative approach to all STEM training.

“We are very much looking forward to working with local employers and building on existing partnerships to develop a truly cutting-edge STEM facility for Oxfordshire.”

The centre will provide engineering technician skills, extending into engineering design, computing/IT and lab skills and aims to become a resource for STEM employers.

It will offer training at level 3, 4 and 5 and will provide a range of short courses, full and part-time diplomas plus HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees.

Abingdon Town Council leader Sandy Lovatt said the funding boost was “excellent news” and would make school leavers more employable to hi-tech businesses in the Science Vale area – including those at Culham and Harwell scientific campuses.

He said: “Abingdon is at the heart of Science Vale, so anything that contributes to that and provides skills that employers will need is great. Science Vale is designed to attract hi-tech employers into the area and we are talking about everything from people trying to apply technology to creating new technology in biosciences, electronics and physics.”

The funding came as part of the £108m Growth Deal package for Oxfordshire from the Government.

A further £1m of funding has since been announced to boost transport links betwen major employment sites in southern Oxfordshire.

Improvements to the cycle network will be introduced over the coming year between Didcot Parkway railway station, Harwell Oxford and Milton Park business park.

 

  • Our top stories

Man has broken jaw after attack near nightspot

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A 28-YEAR-OLD suffered a broken jaw and fractured eye socket when he was assaulted outside a former lapdancing bar.

MPs join call for Oxford to Bristol train service

Oxford Mail: Ed Vaizey

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

MPs Ed Vaizey and Nicola Blackwood have joined a coalition of 10 MPs calling for a train service from Oxford to Bristol.

Autumn colours in all their glory

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

HARCOURT Arboretum has begun to melt into a rich medley of autumnal shades.

Protesters hope 60-year-old covenant will thwart road access plan

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

NORTHWAY people are trying to use a 60-year-old covenant to stop land being turned into an access road for the new Barton Park estate.

End in sight for traffic scheme

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

WORK to complete the first phase of transport improvements in Witney will begin next week.

Estate agent’s name change ‘best option’

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

AN ESTATE agent who called for Oxfordshire businesses to reclaim the word Isis from the terrorist group has changed the name of his business.

 

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree