College engineers new centre

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WOULD-BE engineers are to have access to top-class new learning facilities.

Sunderland College has unveiled plans for a new engineering facility at its Hylton campus as part of a multimillion-pound investment at several of its centres.

More than 300 students will benefit from the investment in the facility which has been designed specifically to meet the industry’s needs and will include the latest equipment for students studying manufacturing, production technologies and welding.

Nigel Harrett, Sunderland College’s acting principal, said: “We’ve spent a great deal of time discussing with industry experts precisely what facilities are needed to teach engineering to the highest standard. As a result, we are confident that this new facility at our Hylton campus will be able to deliver exceptional learning facilities for our students and help them achieve their full potential.”

Work is expected to begin by the new year and is due for completion in August 2013, just in time for the start of the next academic year. The college hopes the new facility will attract even more engineering students for next year.