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Official Opening: Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM
24 October 2017 | College News
City College Plymouth’s Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM has been officially opened with an exclusive tour and ribbon cutting ceremony.
The £13million state-of-the-art facility, which has been shortlisted for the Best New Building at this year’s Abercrombie Awards, provides a flexible learning environment that simulates ‘real work’ scenarios with industry-standard workshops, science and sport laboratories and media studios. It is equipped with high-tech resources to support a broader and more relevant STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) curriculum.
Plymouth City Council leader, Ian Bowyer, and Chris Garcia, Chief Executive of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, joined City College’s Principal and Chief Executive, Phil Davies and Chair of Governors, Nick Holman, for a ribbon cutting ceremony and the unveiling of a plaque marking the building’s official opening. Representatives from those involved in the project, including the Architects Design Group and Kier Construction Ltd, were also in attendance.
Phil Davies, Principal and Chief Executive of City College, said: “It is with a sense of real accomplishment that we mark the official opening of the College’s new Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM. This £13million facility is the greatest investment in skills training in Plymouth for many years. It is the College’s direct response to the skills shortages that have been identified in the region’s economic strategies and planning over the past decade. With a greater emphasis on STEM skills, the College is now perfectly placed to support young people and businesses who need the next generation of students to be equipped with STEM-related skills and knowledge.
“I extend my thanks to our funders, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Plymouth City Council and the Regional Growth Fund, and to all of our employer partners for making this Regional Centre of Excellence a reality.”
Chris Garcia, Heart of the South West LEP Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted to see the new STEM Centre opening at City College Plymouth. This was one of our first Growth Deal projects to get off the ground in 2015, helped by our funding of £5.43m. In the early days of the LEP we recognised that our area’s labour market would benefit from a significant injection of skills in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths to meet the demands of the growing economy.
“This new centre offers students state-of-the-art facilities to encourage young people to take up STEM subjects and enable those already in work to upskill and take on higher value careers.”
The public will have the chance to tour the Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM on Saturday 4 November, 10.00am to 10.00pm, at the College’s Open Day. To register your attendance or to find out more visit www.cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300.