The Future of Engineering

Ashe were delighted to co-sponsor an event for Bedford College, unveiling details of its new £5 million Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre which was hosted at the world famous Cardington Hangers in Bedford by aircraft manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles.

Employers from the engineering industry were given an advanced viewing of the 21st century training facilities which will be built on the College’s well established riverside campus in the heart of Bedford.

The new Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre is essential to meet the skills required by UK businesses to maintain their place in the global economy.

The Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre will house newer, lighter, analytical equipment, BIM Software and robotics. The Centre will allow students to move through to the higher engineering and degree level training essential in today’s manufacturing and civil engineering markets.

It will increase student numbers by an additional 300 full-time and part-time students and 150 higher level apprentices each year – thus meeting some of the huge demand from employers for skilled Engineers.

The space will provide students with room to experiment with intelligent design, analyse and assess problems, and develop real life solutions in the safety of the classroom and the virtual world environment.

Ian Pryce, CBE, CEO and Principal of Bedford College, who has seen the College go from good to great and the number one provider of modern education in the region said: “Successful FE colleges such as ours have stayed in the forefront of training because we work so closely with cutting edge employers. This Advanced Engineering & Construction Centre is what they want to help power the South East forward.”