Cheshire Warrington LEP invests in next generation skills
One of the most sophisticated technical education centres of its type in Britain has been officially opened at Reaseheath College in Cheshire.
The £8 million Centre for Advanced Engineering and Agri-Technology has been created specifically to deliver next generation skills in precision engineering, precision farming, service engineering and diagnostic testing.
The initiative, part of a total £80 million investment across campus, was supported by Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which has contributed £8.9m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund to this and other recently completed projects at Reaseheath.
The advanced engineering centre has been created in partnership with leading agricultural engineering companies, many of which have donated top class machinery and equipment. The specialist facility is enabling Reaseheath lecturers to deliver technical training on the latest crop production systems and science subjects such as data mapping to agricultural engineering students.
Features include workshops and a technology suite equipped for the teaching of computer controlled automation and high end precision engineering. Equipment includes tractor simulators, GPS and other advanced agricultural engineering systems.
The centre is now fully operational and Reaseheath is looking to expand its agricultural engineering courses to include Level 4 and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for those already working in the industry.
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