College expanding base to offer ‘industry-ready workers’

Plans for the new building at Runshaw College
Plans for the new building at Runshaw College
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A leading college is planning a major new development at it’s adult campus to meet demand from employers for specialist training facilities.

Runshaw Adult College is extending it’s site at the former Royal Ordnance Factory in Euxton, near Chorley,

The green light has been given for the ambitious plan, which will further transform the old army administrative building to provide state-of-the art training facility to help meet the growing demand from employers across the North West to provide specialist training and ‘industry-ready workers’ in engineering, science and technology.

Grants have already been approved but building work won’t start untiall the money is in place.

The new facility will have the potential to provide training and skills across a wide range of areas for a diverse range of students, from apprentices to degree students.

Aaron Ashurst, course leader for engineering said: “For many years the School of Engineering has been working with local companies to ensure our students develop the skills organisations require.

“Our first collaboration was over five years ago with BAXi in Bamber Bridge who were looking to recruit in the area of new project design.

“It was the range of specific engineering skills that our Level 3 students possess that appealed to the company.

“We have now progressed to develop an innovative ‘undergraduate apprenticeship’ programme which is currently operating with TRM packaging in Burscough.”

Claire Foreman, deputy principal at Runshaw Adult College added: “Each year with the increasing demand for high calibre engineers, more and more companies are contacting us with opportunities to work with our young talented students.

“There will be more demand for the type of collaboration seen with TRM and the new building will allow us to develop our employer relationships even further.”

Bosses at the West Lancs firm said the plan was “the perfect solution” to it’s organisational needs with students working full time employment at TRM for three days a week and spending two days completing a computer aided engineering foundation degree at the college.