Tomorrow’s people in technology training

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Bedford College offers sky high standards of engineering training – from aerospace to state of the art 3D-printing.

The Cauldwell Street campus houses a complete jet plane which trainees use to practise skills which will lead them into careers in the aircraft/airline industry.

For those interested in modern careers using eco technology the award-winning Brundtland building is a tribute to green construction: from the turbine on the roof and the river water cooling system, the building houses courses covering the complete range of low carbon construction.

In Triumph Way on the Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, the college has a Gas and Plumbing Centre, recently visited a delegation from Indian who wanted to see best practice in action. Triumph Way is also the home to the Vehicle Technology Centre where young people are prepared for careers in the motor industry.

Links with international employers mean that Bedford College is the gateway to some of the most prized apprenticeships in the region with the biggest names in engineering employers.

One of its young apprentices has recently been featured in a national Daily Telegraph article on the modern face of engineering.

Robotics, very much the cutting edge of technology, is also among the large range of subjects taught at Bedford College by expert staff.

Sharon Chinneck Director said: “Technology and engineering exists in every area of employment in this modern world. Young people will be having to use technology wherever they find work. Here at Bedford College we prepare young people for every possible career eventuality – either through full-time courses for which we have 4,500 students aged 16+ or through apprenticeships and other work related training.

“We have links with employers from the smallest one-man bands who want to take on an apprentice to international corporations which recruit a cohort of the very best apprentices each year.

“Recently we have met with the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation which represents 6,000 companies. The EEF recognises the need for young people to have the right qualifications and training to match the needs of the manufacturing – and again it’s all about technology training.

“We hope to develop this relationship so that we provide the training for young people for not just of today but of tomorrow – they are tomorrow’s people and the future of the UK. Their training and careers prospects are important not just to themselves but the country as a whole.”

Kathy Riley, Director of National Partnerships at EEF recently visited Bedford College to launch the new relationship. She said: “I was very impressed with the range of training offered by Bedford College for young people who are going to be the employees and entrepreneurs of the future.

“Our employers want recruits who have a good standard of maths and science subjects and we see that Bedford College has not only those basics covered but is giving 16-year-olds a wide range of technology skills which will be required in the workplace of tomorrow.

“We are competing in a global marketplace and what Britain has to offer is a track record of excellence in engineering and manufacturing - but more young talent is needed. For that we need organisations like Bedford College.”

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