Insight into college’s new £7.2m Technology Centre

College of West Anglia, Isle Campus has an employers event open evening to show off the new technology centre. Employers and staff watch Paint and Bodywork students Daniel Taylor (left) and Bradley Raven get a car ready for painting.
College of West Anglia, Isle Campus has an employers event open evening to show off the new technology centre. Employers and staff watch Paint and Bodywork students Daniel Taylor (left) and Bradley Raven get a car ready for painting.

Employers got a first opportunity to see some of the superb new facilities for staff and future students at the £7.2m Technology Centre created at the College of West Anglia’s Isle Campus at Wisbech.

“They thought what we are making available is fantastic,” said Tony Williams engineering programme manager at the campus, who added: “The employers thought the students are very lucky.”

Refreshments were available at the open evening on Thursday (May 23) and staff showed visitors around the new centre, with its vehicle, motor sports, paint, repair and bodyworks sections.

Guests were given a tour of the new building and saw how students are trained to meet industry standards.

The first phase of the Technology Centre has been in use for students since Easter and is considered a superb facility for Fenland.

The new centre offers state of the art workshops, classrooms and conference centre covering areas including engineering, motor vehicle, motor sport, plumbing, welding and fabrication, and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Phase one of the move into the new centre have included opening the main classrooms and computer areas, the staff room, and the workshop. Areas for engineering and plumbing will be completed during the summer period.

College executive director for partnerships and estates Mark Reavell said: “We are very proud to be opening this new facility in Wisbech and believe this will be a great opportunity for all those people across Fenland that are interested in training and skills development across these subject areas.

“We were keen to allow the current students to see and use the new facilities but in three weeks over Easter it was impossible to move all our machinery without affecting students’ access, so have had to delay some of the move until the summer break.

“Hopefully people can see that we are really committed to providing outstanding opportunities for local people and local employers in Fenland.

“The site has changed considerably in recent years and with the support from Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council we are now really being able to make a difference. We hope to continue this into the future.”