£3m Discovery Centre opens at Telford college

A new £3 million purpose-built teaching centre was officially opened at a leading Telford college today.

Students are seen in the Discovery Centre which is based at Telford College of Arts and Technology in Wellington
Students are seen in the Discovery Centre which is based at Telford College of Arts and Technology in Wellington

The flagship Discovery Centre has been developed over nine months at Telford College of Arts and Technology to deliver an engineering and technology curriculum.

The college has been in talks with local employers to draw up a training programme that gives learners a career rather than just qualifications. It aims to deliver skills which employers in the region need.

The centre was officially opened by David Carpenter, the manufacturing manager at Ketley-based AGA and will be ready for a new intake of learners in September.

Around 80 local employers attended the launch and were given a first-hand view of the new facilities.

More than £300,000 has been spent on new equipment at the centre, which is on the TCAT campus.

The Discovery Centre now has the latest automated manufacturing CNC equipment which has been developed in association with local companies. It will be called GKN Advanced Manufacturing Centre.

Two new classrooms have also been built and £90,000 was spent on new welding booths and facilities.

Steve Jones, 43, senior head of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at the college, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the massive investment by the college.”