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Blackburn College revved-up for auto success

Lancashire Telegraph: Automotive director Chris Wright, left, and architect Stuart Riley outside the hub Automotive director Chris Wright, left, and architect Stuart Riley outside the hub

A TOWN centre learning hub is to become a ‘nationally unique’ centre where motoring giants and education bosses comes together.

Blackburn College say they are ahead of deadline to unveil their £5.5million Regional Automotive Technology Hub next month.

The centre will draw heavily on input from project partners Blackburn Audi, BMW Bowker, Chorley Nissan Group and Simpsons Skoda.

As well as bridging a skills gap, students will access more jobs and extended training scholarships. Many of the skills they learn will be brand specific, negating the need for post-job training.

The new building is set to be unveiled in late August and features five classrooms and two computer labs. The workshops will also feature a real life MOT lane, a diagnostic lab and refinishing centre. Staffed by over 20 tutors and technicians the centre will be a base for over 330 students.

Designed by DLA architecture, the new building is also set to transform the town centre campus, set on the busy junction where Fielden Street meets Montague Street.

The college has asked architects to open up the campus making central cafes and the sports centre accessible to non students. Passers by will be able to see the automotive students at work late into the evening in the lit up glass fronted design workshops.

Director of Vocational Curriculum at Blackburn College, Chris Wright said: “The image of the automotive worker as a grease monkey is now very outdated — you need exceptional technical skills.

“This centre will be unique as it is a place where knowledge and industry comes together and shares best practice.

“Our vision is to ensure the automotive sector has a skilled, competent and professional workforce.

“The clear intent is that the RATH becomes a regional hub for the sector through which it can engage and address skill shortages identified as ‘critical’ by the industry.”

The building of the Regional Automotive Technology Hub is the fourth project that Bardsley Construction will be undertaking for the college, having also worked on the college’s Beacon Centre, STEMM building, and UCBC Building.

This scheme brings the total value of work undertaken by Bardsley Construction at the college to £35.2m.

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11:11pm Tue 15 Jul 14

macca1982 says...

why haven't the college and LET mentioed the people that got made redundant last week out of this department????????
Wonder if they are stood having a picture taken with a smile on there faces?
why haven't the college and LET mentioed the people that got made redundant last week out of this department???????? Wonder if they are stood having a picture taken with a smile on there faces? macca1982
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9:20am Wed 16 Jul 14

Gasboard George says...

Grease Monkeys?! Who's the bearded Baboon? Looks like he's had to many pies.
Grease Monkeys?! Who's the bearded Baboon? Looks like he's had to many pies. Gasboard George
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4:27pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Sue Lee says...

Ewe guise knead two return too Kollege to improve youre spellin, grandma & punctuality!
Ewe guise knead two return too Kollege to improve youre spellin, grandma & punctuality! Sue Lee
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12:09pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Lankygirl says...

Sue Lee wrote:
Ewe guise knead two return too Kollege to improve youre spellin, grandma & punctuality!
Sue, I think you'll find that most of the people who comment on the LT articles are unable to spell correctly, know nothing about grammar and punctuation and, in most cases, can never find anything positive to say; it always seems to be negative and, like Gasboard George's comment, insulting.

I'd like to know what has happened to the Automotive Rolling Road that was installed at great expense in the rented College building at the Saturn Centre in Whitebirk. Has it been moved to the main campus or dispensed with like a lot of College assets over the last few years?
[quote][p][bold]Sue Lee[/bold] wrote: Ewe guise knead two return too Kollege to improve youre spellin, grandma & punctuality![/p][/quote]Sue, I think you'll find that most of the people who comment on the LT articles are unable to spell correctly, know nothing about grammar and punctuation and, in most cases, can never find anything positive to say; it always seems to be negative and, like Gasboard George's comment, insulting. I'd like to know what has happened to the Automotive Rolling Road that was installed at great expense in the rented College building at the Saturn Centre in Whitebirk. Has it been moved to the main campus or dispensed with like a lot of College assets over the last few years? Lankygirl
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