Construction of the new Institute of Technology at East Riding College in its Beverley campus has commenced
The project has been supported with nearly half a million pounds from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
The development is part of the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology, one of only 12 such institutes across the country.
The massive training boost will enhance students’ employment opportunities and improve the number of suitably qualified candidates in the technical and professional jobs market.
East Riding College’s IoT will develop the highly specialised skills required by employers in the engineering and construction industries, such as higher-level Computer Aided Design (CAD) and higher technical Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) skills.
The new Institute will also accommodate specialist stress testing equipment to teach engineering science, such as the science of materials and structures.
An exciting and worthwhile project
Gill Alton, OBE, Group CEO of the TEC Partnership, of which East Riding College is part, said: “Our aim is to ensure that all of our students, regardless of location, age or circumstance are given the opportunities they deserve – including entering the jobs market equipped with the skills they need to achieve their ambitions.
“Never has this been more important, as colleges will play a significant role in helping our communities to recover from the impact of the pandemic.”
Gemma Shahjahan, director at William Birch & Sons Ltd, the selected principal contractor said: “We’re delighted to be working on such an exciting and worthwhile project with East Riding College to build part of the Yorkshire and Humber IoT.
“We can see the advantages that such a facility will bring to the region, and higher level STEM training in construction, engineering and technical professions is obviously something that is close to our heart, as it brings benefits to our industry and to our region.
“Added to this we see the project as a real opportunity to reach out and engage students in a live and operational building project offering a fantastic learning resource.”
Stephen Parnaby OBE, chair of the Humber LEP said: “We’re very pleased to support this project with £469,000 from our Local Growth Fund allocation as part of the Engineering Future Growth programme.
“The centre will deliver a high quality curricula for the region’s students in a bespoke facility, which will replicate the requirements most needed by employers.”