Northumberland College's brand-new £2.5m STEM Centre is being
used to train the next generation of engineers, scientists and
The striking new build, which opened at the College's Ashington
campus in September, is home to specialist science and technology
workshops with dedicated facilities that include a class 10,000
clean room, Digital 3D imagery equipment, nanotechnology,
microscopes, specialist chemicals and fab labs where budding
product designers and entrepreneurs can access the latest in
digital fabrication equipment for prototyping.
With the addition of the new state-of-the-art equipment to the
College's existing Technology Park, the College has been able to
expand its course offer and welcome its first cohort of science
New course provision includes forensic and biomedical sciences,
advanced manufacturing, 3D design, cyber security and network
Northumberland College's STEM Centre Manager, Gordon Crombie,
said: "This is a very exciting time for the College and new
revolutionary technologies will ensure our students have access to
industry- standard equipment and will help to address skills
shortages within science, technology, engineering and maths, so
students gain real experience for the benefit of themselves, the
region and local economy."
The College is also offering a range of short courses, lasting
from one day to one week, including, introduction to pneumatics,
rapid prototyping in the real world, introduction to programmable
logic controllers (PLCs) and introduction to industrial
Marcus Clinton, Northumberland College Principal and CEO, said:
"Our fantastic STEM Centre is training the next generation of
engineers, scientists and technicians through courses that are
designed with feedback from employers to benefit both students and
the local economy.
"Our courses coincide with The North East's growth opportunities
within Life Science and Health and Digital, Data and Software,
including software development and services, data applications,
gaming and virtual reality."
Prospects also continue to be bright within Engineering and
vehicle manufacturing. Over 502,000 passenger cars and commercial
vehicles are manufactured in the North East annually.
Marcus added: "The sector includes over 240 automotive companies
in the North East, generating over £11billion. The sector directly
employs 30,000 people and impacts a further 141,000 jobs across the
UK. The Subsea and Offshore sector supports over 10,000 jobs and
includes over 50 companies."
Northumberland College received £2.3m funding from the North
East Local Enterprise Partnership's Local Growth Fund to develop
its STEM centre, which supports the LEP's Strategic Economic Plan
to deliver over one million jobs by 2024, with STEM qualification
take-up amongst young people being a key priority.
The new centre also provides a base for engineering and digital
creative media courses at the College.
This latest investment follows £10m that has been injected
across all campuses to see a new hair and beauty salon, restaurant
and kitchen, engineering and construction academies and new student
hub at Ashington. Plus, new workshops for agriculture and
arboriculture, learning resource centre and classroom block at
To find out more about Northumberland College's STEM centre
please visit www.northumbermberland.ac.uk/STEM.