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Date added: 28 January 2009

Bridging the skills gap 

New Diploma Centre opens at Swindon College
 
Swindon’s new £1.3m Engineering and Construction Diploma partnership centre was opened today.
 
Swindon Diploma Centre
Relevant training with hands-on
experience:
the aim of the new Diploma Centre
at Swindon College 
Professor Peter Gregson, President and Vice Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast, and a leading champion and supporter of engineering in education, the specially invited guest at a ceremony also attended representatives from Honda and other major businesses, staff and pupils.
 
The 14–19 partnership centre, which is an extension to two existing workshops at Swindon College, is for the use of students studying the new Diplomas in Construction and the Built Environment and in Engineering and was constructed with funding from the government and from the college’s own capital reserves.
 
“It is the first of its kind in Swindon – a genuine partnership centre where specialist resources are pooled for collaborative teaching of specialised Diplomas which will offer a huge skills base in the local economy” said Chris Walton on of Swindon’s 14-19 co-ordinators.
 
The single storey workshop provides 700m² of space for learners to practise construction and engineering applications using specialist equipment as well as creating five new additional classrooms.
 
"Swindon College’s focus is on delivering work-related courses with industry standard facilities and the new workshop is yet another excellent example of how we can do this," said College Principal, Nick Letchet.
 
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In addition to Construction and the Built Environment and Engineering, the College offers the Diplomas in Hospitality, Business, Administration and Finance, IT, Creative and Media and Hair and Beauty Studies – all of which are delivered in realistic working environments.
 
"This investment will make a real difference to the employability skills of generations of young people who will choose to do these courses," added Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council lead member for Children Services.
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