Winsford campus to become a new centre of excellence in advanced manufacturing and engineering

A new centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing and engineering is to open at our Winsford campus this September, thanks to funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and support from local employers.

The new Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Training (AMET) Centre will serve the region as a specialist centre for materials measurement, testing and analysis and enhance the provision of digital and manufacturing skills training across Cheshire and Warrington. The centre will house equipment to support the skills required for smarter manufacturing techniques and accelerate the adoption and use of Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) such as robotics, industrial control and digital intelligence which, in turn, will enable cross-sector collaboration and raise productivity and competitiveness.

Local employers have highlighted their aspiration to digitalise manufacturing processes and upskill their employees in parallel. Our new AMET centre will support this aspiration.

In Vale Royal there is a demand for hydraulics, robotics, pneumatics, PLCs and metallurgy fault-finding equipment for manufacturing. Employers such as Roberts Bakery, TATA Chemicals and Thermofisher articulated skills needs in these areas.

Nichola Newton, Principal & Chief Executive, said: “The £650k investment from the LEP will enable the college to deliver bespoke skills training packages for our partner employers and expand on the range of technical qualifications and apprenticeships offered to students. Employers will be co-creating the curriculum with the college and this collaborative approach will enable us to provide a pipeline of talent to support the need for around 45,000 jobs in advanced manufacturing and engineering across Cheshire.”

Alongside the AMET Centre, Winsford campus will also offer courses in Electrical Installation, Health & Social Care and Graphic Design.

Principal and CEO, Nichola Newton, added: “This is a very exciting time for Winsford campus and demonstrates the college’s commitment to enhancing further education in Vale Royal.”

Read more about our AMET Centre at: wvr.ac.uk/amet