Students from Horsham and surrounding areas who attend Central Sussex College at Crawley will have more than 700 extra places after its new Advanced Technology Centre was opened by Lord Blunkett.
A five month project transformed an underutilized college building into a modern, industry standard learning environment, with practical workshops.
The project, funded by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Project (LEP), will provide much needed training facilities and opportunities to support growth in areas like advanced manufacturing, engineering and environmental technology which have been identified as priority growth sectors within the Coast to Capital LEP area.
The centre is expected to provide an additional 770 places for school leavers, apprentices and adult learners in areas associated with manufacturing, electronics, and specialist areas of environmental technology such as photovoltaic, solar thermal, biomass, wind turbine technology, thermography and insulation.
The College’s Principal, Sarah Wright, commented, “The Advanced Technology Centre is an exciting new addition to the College and is symbolic of the investment we are making to secure the future development of skills in Crawley and the surrounding area.
“As an integral part of the local community, with a long tradition in providing engineering training for employers far and wide, this fantastic new centre will allow us to continue to grow and enhance our provision of specialist technology and engineering courses.”