Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) has developed a new £1.75million state-of-the-art Technology Hub, supported by a £1.3m grant from fellow Bondholder D2N2, to further increase the skills of its Engineering and Professional Construction students and apprentices.
Executive Head of the Roundhouse College Liza-Jo Guyatt said "Our new Technology Hub will support the needs of employers and the career aspirations of our students and apprentices and is part of our vision to be a technology centre of excellence in the East Midlands."
The new Mechatronics laboratory – developed within an existing part of DCG’s Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College in Pride Park will be officially opened in early summer, in time for the new intake of students in September 2019.
The Mechatronics equipment mirrors the high-tech artificial intelligence manufacturing equipment that is commonly used in a wide range of industry sectors from confectionary to cars.
Lisa-Jo Guyatt explained: “The engineering environment continues to change rapidly with the increase of robotics and sophisticated intelligent electronic controls that blur the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines.
“The development of Mechatronics requires significant investment in technology to provide learning environments which will support the application in tomorrow’s employment opportunities."
Tom Goshawk, Capital Projects Manager for Bondholder D2N2 said: “Good skills training puts people on sustainable career paths and enables businesses to employ the right workers in order for them to grow. This is why D2N2 invests heavily in programmes promoting better and advanced skills, and in projects such as the Derby College Group’s new £1.75million Technology Hub.”