Development starts on new Advanced Technology Centre

12 November 2015
Development of Central Sussex College’s new Advance Technology Centre has commenced. To celebrate the start of this significant project the College’s Principal, Sarah Wright, was joined by Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, Heather Binning from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Steve Sawyer from Manor Royal Business Improvement District and Vic Allen from Allen Wilson Group.

Once completed the Advance Technology Training centre will provide modern, industry standard learning environments and practical workshops for the next generation of individuals working or aspiring to work in the expanding engineering, technology and environmental technology sectors.

The five month project, which sees the redevelopment and extension of an existing college site 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.

In the Coast to Capital LEP area high concentrations of advanced manufacturing, engineering and environmental technology businesses make a significant economic impact and are growing. With growth comes a need for a larger, better skilled workforce, and the necessity to train more people in these emerging priority areas is vital to guarantee the long-term profitability of the region.
Sarah Wright, Principal at Central Sussex College said, “We’re delighted work on our new Advance Technology Centre has started as it’s such an exciting development for the College.

“We’re confident that the new facilities and training on offer will be much sought after as employers in the engineering and technology sector recognise the need to enhance the skills of their current and future workforces.

“The fantastic new facilities will provide a modern and progressive environment in which students can develop their work skills and engage with industry experts to develop theoretical knowledge and working practices in technology and the low carbon economy”.
With significant investment from the Coast to Capital LEP, the centre will boast a range of state-of-the-art facilities. The ground floor will incorporate a workshop and a practical demonstration area, equipped with real life working models and examples of how technology fits into the environment.

Whilst on the first floor you’ll find high specification classrooms and an I.T suite that provides access to CAD and project management software, online delivery packages, electrical and environmental technology testing, and e-learning packages.

Crawley MP, Henry Smith said “It’s good to be back at Central Sussex College and I’m pleased to see work has commenced on their exciting new Advanced Technology Centre. This state-of-the-art facility will enhance the further education offer in the area, particular in the important STEM subjects.”

Heather Binning, Strategic Advisor at Coast to Capital LEP explained “With substantial growth predicted in the areas of engineering and environmental technology, it’s key we meet the skill needs of our region’s employers. Our investment in Central Sussex College’s new Advanced Technology Centre supports this priority and focusses on the development of STEM related skills.”
“The development of this new centre is vitally important”, explained Steve Sawyer, Executive Director from Manor Royal Business Improvement District. “Exploiting awareness in green technology and advanced engineering will be welcomed by the Manor Royal Business Improvement District. The College’s response to providing the training employers need to maintain a skilled workforce in these areas is visionary and innovative.”