Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM will help to deliver Devon’s growth ambitions

City College Plymouth’s Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM – a £13m state-of-the-art facility – provides a flexible learning environment which simulates real work scenarios with industry-standard workshops, science and sport laboratories and media studios. Moreover, it is equipped with high-tech resources to support a broader and more relevant STEM curriculum and will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the training and education of STEM related subjects for the city and the wider region. For the full story please read the article below which appeared in the Western Morning News today.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 30th November 2017

 

 

Regional Centre of Excellence is game changer for Westcountry’s skills training

 City College Plymouth’s Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM is the most significant investment in the city’s skills infrastructure for many years.

The £13 million state-of-the-art facility, which has been shortlisted for the Best New Buildings at this year’s Abercrombie Awards, provides a flexible learning environment that simulates ‘real work’ scenarios with industry-standard workshops, science and sport laboratories and media studios.

It is equipped with high-tech resources to support a broader and more relevant STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) curriculum.

The centre will have a huge impact on the training and education of STEM-related subjects for the city and the wider region.

It will focus on the city’s priority STEM sectors to promote and provide growth and investment in skills development, connectivity and innovation.

This will include support for job creation, particularly in high-growth sectors, to drive productivity and promote enterprise.

These aspirations are an integral part of the STEM Plymouth Strategic Plan, helping to ensure Britain’s Ocean City is recognised as a world leader in STEM development.

The success of the new centre will depend in no small measure on the continued involvement of more than 200 employers who are working with the college to create Plymouth’s future workforce. The college’s commitment is to train and develop those young people and adults required by local employers and the city’s economy, to ensure a bright future ahead for all.

Phil Davies, principal and chief executive of City College, said: The £13m facility is the greatest investment in skills training in Plymouth for many years.

“It is the college’s direct response to the skills shortages that have been identified in the region’s economic strategies and planning over the past decade. With a greater emphasis on STEM skills, the college is now perfectly placed to support young people and businesses who need the next generation of students to be equipped with STEM-related skills and knowledge.

“I extend my thanks to our funders, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Plymouth City Council and the Regional Growth Fund, and to all our employer partners for making this Regional Centre of Excellence a reality.”

Chris Garcia, Heart of South West LEP chief executive, said: “This was one of our first Growth Deal projects to get off the ground, helped by our funding of £5.43m. In the early days of the LEP we recognised that our area’s labour market would benefit from a significant injection of skills in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths to meet the demands of the growing economy.

“This new centre offers students state-of-the-art facilities to encourage young people to take up STEM subjects and enable those already in work to upskill and take on higher value careers.”

The STEM Regional Centre of Excellence is just one of a number of capital projects recently completed or under way at Devon’s four principal further and higher education colleges.

Together, City College Plymouth, Exeter College, Petroc and South Devon College make up the Devon Colleges Group (DCG), launched a year ago with a share vision focussed on enhancing skills, raising aspirations and driving regional economic growth and productivity. Through their collaboration, the Colleges are backing the region’s future and supporting its strategies for growth and prosperity.

The group has pledged to analyse the skills needs and gaps in the region, respond quickly to emerging trends in order to deliver Devon’s growth ambitions and continue serving their local communities by providing high quality and relevant education and training.