Petroc unveils multi million pound technology centre

The new Future Technologies Centre at Petroc’s Mid Devon Campus was officially opened by the Mayor of Tiverton, Cllr Sue Griggs, yesterday (October 23).

Students, staff, employers and local dignitaries were invited to the open day and received guided tours of the bespoke facility, viewed demonstrations and took part in a variety of activities and challenges. The event also provided an opportunity for local employers to talk to current students and staff to find out about training and curriculum developments.

Last year the college secured £3 million of funding through the Government’s Enhanced Renewal Grant to build a specialist facility to accommodate a wide range of technology-related curriculum areas, including Automotive Engineering, Plumbing and Mechanical Engineering Services, Electro-technical Engineering and Renewable Technologies.

The project is integral to Petroc’s dynamic estates strategy and will allow the college to support and enhance economic regeneration objectives for the area.

The Centre houses the very latest industry-standard equipment and will provide considerable flexibility and adaptability throughout its lifespan, to suit the changing needs and aspirations of young learners, adults working in industry and local employers.

“This is something we can all be very very proud of and it will serve the needs of businesses in Tiverton for many years to come,” said Cllr Griggs.

Speaking on Twitter after the event, she said: “What a great space to learn in and such a dedicated team…this will be a huge asset to Tiverton.”

Graham Jackson from Gaslec Southwest was at the event. He said: “The Future Technologies Centre will be great for Tiverton.

“It has gone far beyond just replacing the existing workshops and the name says it all – it’s about looking to the future and thinking about renewables and sustainability, and embedding this into the curriculum for the next generation,” added Graham.

Speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony Pené Prior, Head of College, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in the project who has worked collaboratively, bringing their expertise and ideas, to make this building the best it can be in meeting the needs of learners for now and well into the future.”