The College is one of several regional education institutions to benefit from more than £1.2 million to create world-class facilities for high-level technical education and improve productivity across SCR.
The College has been awarded £154,700 to upgrade its construction training centre and buy specialist equipment to answer the increased demand in the construction industry for skills in estimating, design, quantity surveying, site supervision and digital literacy.
In addition, some funding will be used to buy simulation software such as virtual reality welder, and hydraulic diagnostic software to help train technicians and engineers working in the engineering manufacturing sector.
Andrew Hartley, Commercial Director, The Sheffield College, said: “We are delighted to receive this cash boost to invest in advanced and higher level technical skills for the construction and engineering manufacturing industries. We provide the training that employers need to boost growth in Sheffield City Region and contribute to employment opportunities for our students.”
Five grants have been approved by the Combined Authority for education institutes to purchase advanced equipment needed for learning in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Nigel Brewster, Vice Chairman of the SCR’s Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is a massive boost to productivity across the City Region. Our ethos is about creating jobs and economic growth, and these are just the sort of schemes that will continue putting our economy back on its feet.”
He added: “They’re practical, and they are in areas where they will produce results. We’ve worked closely with our partners to underpin their drive to make courses dynamic and fit for the future. We’re providing the equipment for hands-on skills learning. It’s an intelligent way to put our funding to use. In the Sheffield City Region, we get things done in an honest, no-nonsense way – this is helping us to build a truly competitive centre of business excellence.”
The funding from the Sheffield City Region is part of the £320 million Sheffield City Region programme of investment. This includes a contribution from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, which is part of the Government’s continued investment in the Northern Powerhouse.
For more information on the College’s work with employers click here or call 0114 2602600.