College wins huge STEM centre grant

By Matthew McKew

Friday, December 20, 2013

 

College wins huge STEM centre grant

An artist impression of the planned STEM centre.

A £6.5 million fund has been awarded to the Isle of Wight College for a new science, engineering and maths centre.

Building work on the new "STEM" centre will begin in March 2014 and should be completed by September 2015, subject to planning approval.

The new building will have large, flexible learning spaces, industry-standard workshops and high technology resources, with the aim of delivering a broader and more relevant curriculum.

The site, adjacent to the college’s Sixth Form Centre, will have an engineering training facility that provides for robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics and CAD/CAM (computer aided design).

To show the colleges support for the renewable sector, the rooftop will include solar panels and a wind turbine.

The IW College hopes to replicate a working environment in order to help with the transition between study and employment.

Apprentices who attend college on day release will be able to work with specialised equipment, tailored to their needs.

The college says it will use high quality ICT to help learners aiming for a career in advanced manufacturing and engineering industries.

IW College principal Debbie Lavin said: "This is a significant further investment in the college, with the majority of investment coming through the Skills Funding Agency.

"The state-of-the-art facility will provide a fabulous learning experience for students, helping to secure a highly skilled workforce for Island employers, and we look forward to inspiring young people to study STEM subjects."

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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