Open for Business
The new £8.5million Technology Centre, built to provide world class Engineering,
Aerospace and Automotive facilities at Monkerton on the edge of the city opened
to students this September (2012). The exciting new facility provides
industry-led teaching spaces, workshops and laboratories for both practical and
academic learning for around 300 students from across Exeter and Devon.
Welcoming the first students to the brand new building, Iain Hatt, Assistant
Principal said "The students here are studying a wide range of courses ranging
from part-time introductory courses for 14-16 year olds in partnership with
local schools; 16-18 year old full-time level 1 – 3 vocational courses,
university level courses and dedicated employer training. The facilities have
been designed to ensure students of all ages are challenged to meet increasingly
demanding industry standards and we've invested in equipment, workshops and
training resources to support our outstanding record for teaching and learning.
There's a real buzz around the building as we welcome our first students. All our
staff are making sure these new students feel at home and find out about the
technical, teaching and social spaces we've created so that they are supported
and inspired while at college"
"We're also looking forward to welcoming our returning students who we hope will
settle into their new facilities very quickly and see the difference from their
previous venues at Marsh Barton and the centre of town."
The centre also provides an important focus for the training of a range of
apprentices who will take advantage of the most modern industry equipment during
their day release at college, giving them up to date skills to be used as they
work with a range of local and regional businesses.
"There is understandably a lot of interest in this wonderful building from local
residents, businesses and employer networks and we are already hosting a number
of groups who want to see the new facilities" said Iain Hatt. "Our first
priority is to settle in our new students but we’re very keen to show off the
new building later in the term."
Click here to view a quick video tour of the Technology Centre.
Click here to read a fantastic blog from
photographer Matt Austin